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June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

A Tribute to Elizabeth Elliot Gren

I can recall like it was yesterday, while living and Chicago Ave. in Evanston, Il.   We were living in a small apartment  and Ken was still in the Navy.  I loved to listen to Moody Bible Institute’s radio station WMBI.   Suddenly the news broke of the death of the 5 missionaries martyred in Quito, Ecuador.

I have been so blessed by Elisabeth Elliot and over the years I followed her life and ministry.

 I have a collection of many of her writings and often refer to them as I counsel other ladies.

The following article is about this highly respected Christian woman’s life from  The Gospel Coalition. Current Events by Joe Carter

1. Elisabeth Howard) was born in Belgium,  her parents were missionaries. She attended Wheaton College where she studied classical Greek to enable her to work in the area of unwritten languages during her future missionary work.

2. At Wheaton, Elisabeth met Jim Elliot. After graduation, and for five years before their engagement, Jim and Elisabeth served in different parts of Ecuador. Eventually she accepted Jim’s marriage proposal and the condition attached to it: to learn the Ecuadorian Quichua language before they got married.

In 1953, Jim and Elisabeth married in Quito, Ecuador and continued their work in that nation where Jim wanted to enter the territory of an unreached tribe, the Aucas, a fierce group who had killed previous workers. Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death. (as told in the book and movie, End of the Spear.)

4. Now alone with her 10-month-old daughter, Valerie, she continued to live among and minister to the Quichua tribe where she met two Auca women who lived with her and taught her the tribe’s language. She then went as a missionary to serve the tribe that killed her husband. While there the people gave Elisabeth the tribal name Gikari,(Woodpecker).

5. While in Ecuador, she wrote her story, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and The Savage, My Kinsmen. In 1963 she returned to the U.S.and  she began a career as a writer and speaker and authored 24 books.

6. For 13 years, she hosted a 12-minute radio program aimed at women called Gateway to Joy. She opened each episode by saying, “’You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ This is your friend, Elisabeth Elliot . . .”

7. In 1969, Elisabeth married Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts who died in 1973. After Leitch’s death Elisabeth had two lodgers who rented a room in her home: one of them married her daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married her.

8. Elisabeth’s life has been portrayed in a play (Bridge of Blood: Jim Elliot Takes Christ to the Aucas), a musical (Love Above All), and a film (End of the Spear).

9. In 2004 her health declined and she suffering from dementia. She stopped her program and that is where Nancy DeMoss began Revive Our Hearts. Her husband Lars Gren said Elliot has handled dementia just as she did the deaths of her husbands. [knowing] they were no surprise to God, something she would rather not have experienced, but she received it.”

Nancy DeMoss wrote:

” Elisabeth kept coming back to this message: “God doesn’t exist to meet our needs. Ultimately, He is God; He is worthy of our obedience, our worship, and our surrender to Him as Lord.   When I received the news that Elisabeth Elliot had gone to be with the Lord, I wept. It’s hard to describe the multitude of thoughts and emotions that those tears represented. To think of Elisabeth at Home with Christ makes the thought of heaven all the richer and sweeter.  She has received that welcome from Christ that we all long to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord.”  May the message she has written on so many of our hearts be one we write on the hearts of those who are coming behind us. And may He find us faithful, as was our friend Elisabeth Elliot—all the way to the finish line.”

A young mother named   Adrian Segal called Elisabeth Elliot her spiritual mother because she listened to her radio programs each day. “I am grateful Elisabeth Elliot devoted her life to doing this for women in my generation. In just minutes a day, she helped me love my husband better. She helped me raise happy and obedient children who love the Lord. She helped me see that my greatest calling is to live each day, each moment, doing the next thing to the glory of the Lord.”

These words of Elisabeth  meant a great deal to her.

 Elisabeth Elliot said:

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness”.

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“The deepest things that I have learned in my own life have come from the deepest suffering. And out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires have come the deepest things that I know about God.”

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“Trust Him and do the next thing.”

―Elisabeth Elliot

June 21, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Excerpts from Adrian Rogers’  sermon. “Father the Leader of the Band”

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. There is to be harmony in the home. Indeed, and who’s the leader, who orchestrates this wonderful music? Fathers.    Psalm 128 (NIV) contains a special message to fathers, so if you’re one, I’d like you to notice five wonderful truths to help you put music in your home. 

1.  The Father’s Labor   v. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. There’s something wonderful about honest work — providing for your family and coming home to enjoy what God has given.

2.The Companion That He Loves   v.3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;     A father’s companion is his faithful wife, because she clings to him like a vine clings to a wall. And a husband is to be to his wife what a wall is to a vine — her support and strength.

3.  The Children That He Leads  “your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” Did you know that the olive is a biblical symbol of fruitfulness and righteousness? An olive tree, if it is well established, can provide fruit for twenty generations.  If your wife is like a vine and your children are like olive plants, what is your role? You are to cultivate them!  Wise is the dad that understands that it is his duty and privilege to cultivate his wife’s love and meet her needs, and to cultivate his children and meet their needs.   The husband encourages and builds up his wife by shining His love and showering his affections upon her. 

4.  The Character That He Lives   Now, most people think happiness comes from marriage or money, success or fitness. The Bible says that the fear of God brings happiness.   And what does it mean to fear God? I like to think it is simply love on its knees. A  dad who fears God shows it by the way that he lives with integrity.

I Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Do you know the problem with many dads? They’re not content.  Dads, what do you want to be remembered for? The job you held? The yard you kept? The money you earned?. Wouldn’t you like them to say, “My dad feared God. My dad walked in the ways of God.” If not it is never too late to change those things and show your children how much you care for them out of your love for God.

5.  The Contribution That He Leaves     Look now at  vs. 4-6 — 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.  May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.  May you live to see your children’s children, peace be on Israel.

Oh what a blessing to see your children and grandchildren serving the Lord.  There is hope for you. Every child of God has a Father who loves them unconditionally and eternally. You can crawl up into His lap anytime, anywhere and get a hug. Take this truth from the Word of God and not only think on it, but hide it in your heart.

Psalm 128

1  Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.

You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
    your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.

Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.

May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.

The Song That I Sang at Our Wedding – Dec. 24, 1955

At our wedding as Ken waited at the altar and  my dear father, Beryl Allen Shipley, stood with me at the back of the church before we processed  down the isle,  I sang this song.

It Was Heaven’s Grace that Made Thee Mine

You come to me to share life’s rain and sunshine,

Its dirges and its glad refrains;

To be with me in hope and disappointment,

In every loss, in all life’s gains.

Now, since we two have sought the will of Heaven,

And strive to walk the path of God’s decree,

He will make our joys increase, With a love that cannot cease,

He can give us perfect peace, always.

Refrain:

It was Heaven’s grace that made thee mine,

Only Heaven could give such love as thine.

Now all the loneliness and fear have passed away, And you are mine for aye;

Ah, your call to me, in love’s sweet voice, Made my heart of hearts rejoice.

Now my joy is complete and all the day is bright …

Since the grace of Heaven made thee mine!

Norman J. Clayton (1951)

This song was published in  Wedding Melodies  with Hammond Organ Registration  by Gospel Songs, Inc. Babylon NY…1951….   I have it in my library.

I found the following note on the internet several years ago.  I have the book but wanted a quick short cut to the words so I would not have to type them… and I found this on the internet but don’t have the link any longer….  Since I have the book and also usually made a large print copy of the words to songs I used to sing,  I also had it in my computer files.

Wylie Fulton & Louie Lee Stone – Wedding

N.B. Norman J. Clayton (1903-1992) was an accomplished hymnwriter who is noted for other songs such as “Now I Belong to Jesus.” The above hymn, however, is very rare, and was sung at the wedding ceremony of Wylie & Lou Fulton in Waco, Texas, December 8, 1962. Our service was conducted by the late Pastor Tom L. Daniel of Tabernacle Baptist Church. This song was selected and recommended to us by our dear friend Mrs. Brown, the church pianist. It was sung by another dear friend Ed Lane. A search on the internet failed to locate these words and so I have posted them here. These lines are worthy of being preserved. Truly a great song for two people who have in prayer sought the will of Heaven in their choice of each other as lifetime mates! May the Lord make these words a blessing to all who come to this site. If any copyright is hereby infringed, we apologize. To my wife, Lou, after 45 years I can sing with all my heart, as in 1962: “It was Heaven’s grace that made thee mine!” It is wonderful to believe that Romans 8:28 applies to all areas of a believer’s life, including MARRIAGE.

June 14, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 14, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart … Pastor’s Help Mate

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND

(CHURCH LEADERS, SONS, GRANDSONS ETC.)

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/media/uploads/pdf/articles/31DaysPrayingHusband.pdf

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND  (CHURCH LEADERS, SONS,  young people, children, etc.)

Nancy DeMoss has a download available for praying for your husband for 31 days. I will refer to just a few of the suggested prayers for your husband. For those who are single women your ministry can be one of prayer for our spiritual leaders and  the young people in the church.

The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another Eph. 6:18 (KJV)  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home.  (Prov. 31:11-12). Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.

Pray that your husband will experience spiritual growth and guard his heart by Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation and scripture memorization. (2 Pet. 3:18  ”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 

 Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be wise and God-fearing.   Proverbs 3: 7-8 (NIV) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Pray that your husband’s heart will be tender toward the voice of the      Lord. Psalm 51:2-4 (NIV) “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate the evils of todays culture, and avoid it. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) “The prudent see danger and take refuge,  but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

–  Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you.  Romans 13:14  (NIV)” Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Ladies, You have a ministry,  a “Great Commission” trough Prayer.  The prayer’s suggested in Nancy’s Challenge to pray for your husbands could fit anyone you are praying for with just a few minor alterations. Let’s be prayer warriors.  All of us, for everyone.

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June 7, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

June 7, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Last week we covered the importance of Praying for Your Husband….This week I want to talk about   PRAYERS FOR YOU, THE WIFE.  I want to read some suggested prayers today for you to pray before you begin your task of praying for your husband, leaders, and sons.

It is important that we, dear ladies pray for total surrender to our Lord and Saviour.  I truly believe many of us don’t pray because we do not know what to say.  I have told you before that I have been blessed by reading Scriptures as my prayers.  First you need to search the Scriptures for truths that you truly desire in your heart for yourself as a servant of Christ. If you want to be a servant…”if you want to go up,  go down”  “if you want to be first, be last” get on your knees and pray the verse I recited  last week Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” 

Another prayer that will help you to have a right perspective in your life is to pray the prayer that Christ prayed on the cross….. My what an example that is.  “Abba Father … He said, “Everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me, Yet, not what I will, but what you will.”   That is a hard prayer to pray when you have your heart set on something and really think it is a right thing. When you are in pain and want relief,  when you lose a loved one, or you praying for a prodigal child or perhaps  feeling guilty about something in your past, Lord, Help us to pray aright.

MY version goes like this, “Lord, this is what I want and what I think is right, but if it is not your will, Lord, slam the door hard and turn me around and lead me in the right direction.”

Prayers of Confession: These are important too. Before we can pray for anyone or anything else we must remember, I John 1:9 “ If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Now wait, this is written to Christians and it is not license to sin. It is a reminder that when we as Christians do sin we must come to HIM in sorrow and a repentant spirit asking forgiveness and strength to go on  and stop sinning. So when you do just that -confess and forsake – you can claim the victory and have JOY in your life.

Just a little list of sins to confess: Being critical, judgmental, lazy, unbelieving, fearful, gluttonous, unthankful, grumbling, sarcasmtic, resentful, angry, proud, lustful, independent, prayer-less, nagging, time-wasting, gossipy, slanderous, bitter, raging, lying, jealous, procrastinating. Or-perhaps we have not named yours yet, then just ask the Lord to reveal to you areas of sin in your life. Most important is to determine in your heart of hearts to be JOYFUL and praise the Lord for HIS peace and His truth and ask Him to help you to know that you are accepted by Him.  Claim the wonderful promises in His Word and do not allow satan for one moment  to cause you to doubt God’s wonderful love for you and His ability to meet your EVERY need.   

I have been blessed  while preparing these studies May – June by a little book I found on the internet several years ago…by  Lylah Ledner with Women in Touch Ministries. Inc. 1999 and of course my studies with Nancy DeMoss.