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November 22, 2015 Melony Evans’ Heart to Heart

This article is from  Jane’s Daughter, Melony Evans

 Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 –  

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

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

I would like to read a poem which Rev. Ken Floyd read at the MARBC conference a few weeks ago.  At this time of year we often talk about things we are Thankful for yet often we remain in our usual state of discontentment.

Discontent…  

It was Spring, but it was Summer I wanted-  The warm days and the great outdoors.

It was Summer, but it was Autumn I wanted- The colourful leaves and the cool dry air.

It was Autumn, but it was Winter I wanted- The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.

It was Winter, but it was spring I wanted- The warmth and the blossoming of nature.

I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted- The freedom and the respect.

I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted-  To be mature and sophisticated.

I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted-   The youth and the free spirit.

I was retired, but it was middle-age I wanted-    The presence of mind, without limitations.

Then my life was over, and I never got what I wanted.

Micah 7:18 (KJV)  18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Perhaps we could sing this song which we used  for the theme song of our Christian School in Bedford Michigan.

Hallelujah, to Thy Name  

1.  O Thou God of endless days,  Who can utter all Thy praise?  Refrain: Hallelujah to Thy name, Hallelujah, we adore; Hallelujah to Thy name, O for grace to love Thee more.

2.  Thou hast given us Thy Word  From Thy heart our hearts have heard.

3.  Thou hast full atonement made,  And for all the ransom paid.

4.  Thou hast by Thy Spirit’s light  Shined away our spirit’s night.

5.  Thou hast pledged Thy presence here,  Nearer than our sorrows, near.

6.  Thou hast promised full reward,  All in all art Thou, O Lord.   Study these….

Philippians 3:14-15 (KJV)  14, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  15. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

God’s Response to Us vs. Our Response to HIM

God’s Response to Us vs. Our Response to HIM

November 10, 2015

I posted this in my Face Book Study Group today of Cynthia Heald’s book, “Intamacy with God – In the Psalms  Chapter 6.

This chapter is about how responsive God is and that is such a blessing in which we all benefit.

I would like to respond to pg. 44 The God Who Answers. 

Question 1: We can certainly depend on that… 34: 4-6  “I cried to the Lord in may suffering and he heard me and set me free.”

Question 2: 107:7 Safety, v.8, rebelled, yet HE rescued,  v. 9, Satisfies ,showers compassion, v.13, Gracious in all he does.

Question 3:  What about our response?  There is a condition, necessary for God’s response to us.

Question 4: Is God unresponsive?  Read Ps. 88 slowly again?

This is what I want to comment on.

When we call out to Christ for help we must ask and expect Him to hear and respond, Yes!

But we also must admit our wrongdoing and be ready to do what He asks.

Have we examined our own heart?  Are we willing to change?

I see people on the news responding by demonstrating instead of Praying or living themselves obedient Christian lives.

In that regard, I often think of all the controversy that is going on in our world today. We Christians need to cry out for His response, Yes. I believe that  our response needs to be after we have prayed and confessed our own short comings.

Bible reading in the schools — are we reading God’s Word Daily ourselves and are our children being taught the principles of the 10 commandments.  (often I hear a response of sinful revenge and condemnation of others rather than teaching children to pray for the bully, or pray for the teacher, president or leader who is teaching lies.)

I am sorry to say this and indeed I pray a lot about this, but In our churches i overhear an attitude of complaining and whining about our Christian mistreatment instead of concern for the lost all around us.

Prayer in school— how much time are we Christians praying at home. Make a list.

Criticism of businesses who do not use the words Merry Christmas or play Christian music – – how much Christian music do we play in our homes.  Do you regularly listen to Christian Radio or TV.

For many years I have been bothered about the words “Merry” Christmas and began saying Have a Blessed Christmas.   I never said anything to anyone before about it because I feel this is not important.  Personally feel that there is far to much “merry” making and not enough Worship of Christ on the season to commemorate His birth. But, we don’t need to labor that point. 

WE NEED TO GIVE THE GOSPEL.

Yet, still I do not want to make THIS an issue to the public, because  until one truly knows Christ and starts reading His Word and serving Him obediently, according to the Scriptures this is not the message they need to hear.

Governments and schools who omit the “10 Commandments”, “in God we trust”,  and “under God”, are not the problem.

The problem is “We Christians” are holding the lost to a standard they will not understand until they repent and receive Christ and, Yes, grow in HIM.

Bottom Line…… this is just for you ladies who know Christ and are demonstrating a desire to study HIS WORD and honor Him with every moment of every day.

We, who know Christ, need to be spending our time and energy, on giving out the GOSPEL, instead of promoting causes, or seeing how many things we “Like” or don’t like on FB or in this world around us.

I am so convicted about this, personally…. Perhaps our next Bible Study should consist of ways to win souls for Christ.

Never before has church attendance been lower and churches are dying around us for lack of winning other to Christ and for lack of discipling  our own children.

Please excuse my long message and Yes, I am speaking  to each of us ladies that we will get busy and give out the most positive information available to us.  That is the Word of God and His Love for the Lost.

I want to Challenge each of you this next year of 2016 to began using your social media to give the Gospel in Response to God’s Sacrificial  love for us.

What is the Gospel?   Please read Matthew 28:16-20 and read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and begin to plan for 2016.

Read those passages several times…. then do this.

  1. Set your signature in your email and letters you write and send in snail mail with a Scripture truth about the Gospel.
  2. Pray and Ask the Lord to show you what to do on Social Media to spread the Gospel.
  3. Get some gospel tracts to put into you correspondence, bills, thank you notes. ( yes, give them to Christians too and suggest that they give them to someone who needs Christ.).
  4. Make list of people you witness to, date, response, etc. and record growth… and be sure to disciple them.
  5. Make a little by line that will help people remember you and that you love Christ.(….example…. Mine was….Singing His Praise!  and now I changed it to Still Singing His Praise in My Heart. since I am not able to sing out loud).

Thank you ladies for reading and prayerfully accepting this challenge as your response to GOD.

Still Singing His Praise in my Heart

Jane A Pierpont

October 8, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Spiritually Edifying gifts…

At this time of year, we are often scurrying around and brainstorming what special gift we can give to those special people in our lives.

I like challenges… So here we go….. I challenge you to sit down and make a list and try to think of ways to give gifts that will help your loved ones grow spiritually or for those who do not know Christ, gifts that will point them to Christ a little at a time.

I am sure that you have heard of “My Hope” with Billy Graham.  (https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/)  You could purchase a quantity of them available on the internet or if you do not have internet, I can order for you.   This short DVD has the Gospel message for the lost and Billy Graham is encouraging those who already know Christ to invite friends into their homes and share it with others.   This would be a great gift for your Christian friend to help them become burdened to win others to Christ. Give Bibles or spiritual books such as devotional books which parents can read to  their children rather than toys which will end up in the bottom of the toy box and this will encourage the parents to read to their children and begin a habit of having family devotions daily.  Do the children in your life know that you love the Lord Jesus with all your heart?  Make little crafts with them that have a spiritual emphasis.  Make a recording of yourself reading a book and give them the book so that they can listen and read along while listening to Auntie or Grandma or yes, Grandpa reading. What a keepsake that would be.  How about a T-Shirt or a sweatshirt with a Scripture on it, or “Jesus Loves YOU?”

The time is short and I am not talking about  Christmas. I am talking about the fact that Jesus is coming soon.  It is urgent that we who know Christ, win those to the Saviour who do not know Him.

The Gideons have beautiful Christmas cards  which you can purchase. I am sure they will share about that today.

Go to www.kristinsfriends.com and ask for the free gospel tract called      “Gone, in the Twinkling of an Eye”, which you can have as many as you can prayerfully use to share the way to be saved. It is the story of a young 17-year-old girl who died suddenly of a blood clot in her brain who was a Christian and her parents wanted to make a difference for Christ in her memory.

I also have a great deal available for a KJV Scripture memory DVD for just $10. (Usually $17.99). I do not make anything on these. It has seventy-nine  Scriptures with little activities and stories that explain what those Scriptures mean.

Deut. 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

 

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

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

Izabella -and-A Snow Globe                

In communist Romania we could not attend church, have Bibles, or talk about God.   I was 7 and my brother was 10 and we found a Bible hidden in the floor of our house. We didn’t know what it was. We started reading it like they taught us in school—from the beginning to the end. We’d never heard these stories before.

“I want to learn how to pray so I can start praying for snow.”  Then in fifth grade I was invited to a little underground church by one of my classmates. I begged my dad to let me go and he said I could if my brother went with me.  When the pastor began to tell the story I realized It was from the Bible like we had at home.  When I was 13 it was very cold in September. We didn’t have electricity most nights so when it got dark it was bedtime for us kids. We were only allowed outside at night if it snowed.  We could see better.

I had heard a lot about prayer, but never actually heard somebody pray. Even at the church, the pastor could never actually pray in front of us or share the Gospel. Under communism, he never knew who was a spy. He had to be very careful.

I told him I wanted to learn how to pray so I could start praying for snow. That night he taught me how to pray. “Izabella, just talk to God, He is your best friend. You tell Him what’s on your heart and  He will answer.”

Why haven’t I been asking for more stuff? I’m definitely going to ask for snow.  I went to the window the next morning expecting to see snow and there wasn’t any. I wondered, What’s wrong? What happened?  Pastor told me that God always answers prayers.

There was still no snow in December and I was very, disappointed. I told the pastor, that I didn’t think that this prayer thing  worked. Then, he reminded me that perhaps God has something different in mind.  Christmas came and still no snow. I lost my zeal of taking the Bible out every day and reading it.

A couple of days later, people started running in the streets. In Romania that meant one thing— there was something at the grocery store. We thought it might be oranges or bananas because of Christmas. 

We put on our shoes and ran as quickly as we could to get in line. As we ran people were passing the store.  Big trucks pulled in and there were lots of people there who were happy. When they opened the backs of the trucks, there were lots of colorful boxes. A lady came up to me and said, “This is yours.”  — I finally got it. He was a God who was real and He was looking out for me.”  She said that it was totally mine and wondered if there was anything she could pray about for me.  I asked if she would pray with me for  snow?”  She didn’t ask any questions, she just did it. Then she gave me a hug.  My shoebox was so colorful. I’d never seen so many colors! Even Christmas presents were wrapped in brown paper bags. This was the first thing that stood out to me.

Then I took out a snow globe and held it, wondering what it was. A little boy passed me and grabbed my hand and started to shake it really hard.   I looked at it and remembered exactly what my pastor said. “God will answer your prayers. Keep your eyes open because it might not look the way you want it, but He will answer.”   I thought, This is it! It felt like it was snowing all around me.

God, I prayed, I thank you for my snow and just apologize for shoving the Book back. I’m going to keep reading it.

We can’t put snow globes in shoeboxes anymore because they are liquid and might break, but I will never forget that moment. It was a moment of knowing this God that had been pursuing me through His Word since I was 7. I finally got it. He was a God who was real and He was looking out for me and He does answer prayers