Archives for December 2015

MY 2016 CHALLENGE 

“TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE DO NOT EXIST APART FROM GOD”

Proverbs 9:10   “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” 

SONG OF PRAYER:

“THE QUIET HOUR: Speak, Lord, in the Stillness” E. May Grimes 1951 Singspiration.

 

2016

As  August  passed,  I began to think of my  annual challenge as I approached 2016.   After praying about it  I have began  a new plan for my Scripture Reading rather than reading through the Bible in a year as I have for longer than I can recall.

I want to spend more time studying God’s Word  and memorizing it rather just trying to get it read, so I have been praying and seeking the Lord for His will for my Bible Study.

I have decided to begin with Ruth and I want to write it out as I read it and begin memorizing it.

I have chosen 2010 motto again….  “True happiness and peace do not exist apart from God”.

Song…. The Quiet Hour,  Speak Lord, In the Stillness.

Grimes/ Alfred B Smith

Speak Lord in the stillness,  While i wait on Thee

Hush’d my heart to listen  in expectancy

Speak, O blessed Master In this quiet hour 

Let me see Thy face, Lord.  Feel thy touch of power

For the words Thou speakest   They are life indeed

Living bread from heaven  Now my spirit feed.

All to Thee is yielded;  I am Thine alone.

Blissful, glad surrender,  I am thine alone.

Fill me with the knowledge;  of Thy glorious will,

All Thine own good pleasure,  In this child fulfill.

Like a watered garden,  full of fragrance rare,

Lingering in thy presence,  Let my life appear.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest

-Max Lucado

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Dec. 27, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT IN YOUR LIFE TODAY??

As we approach the new year in the next few days, I would like to challenge each of you today to ask yourself this question.

What is your greatest concern for the New Year?   

People rarely feel comfortable in their own skin.  Many of us live with deep insecurities that we carefully mask when we are in the public.  The thought of letting people see our real self is scary because we are flawed. So fear holds us back. We post flattering pictures of ourselves on Facebook and carefully hide all the ugly parts of our appearance and personality.

Comparison is like an addiction. Once we start, we can’t seem to stop. We feel insecure when our friends are prettier, more cultured, or have better jobs or marriages. We are confronted with images of models and movie stars, and we feel unworthy by comparison. We long for something to distinguish us, something to make us stand out, something to give us a sense that we are worth something. Our longing for attention puts us in a vulnerable position.

A new year gives us a chance to start again. To be a better person than we were the year before. But it is no secret that most resolutions fail. Good intentions can’t transform a frog into a prince. So our fresh hope crumbles before January is through.

But what if your resolution was to find contentment with who you really are? What if you could uproot your insecurity and finally be free of it?

Following is a summary of Nancy DeMoss (Wolgamuth’s) Devotional for Dec.22-31

P-  PRAYER- Ask for wisdom, help to be faithful, disciplined and obedient.

R-  REVIEW –  the priority of walking with GOD

I-   INVENTORY – are your priorities according to God’s will. Keep a 15 minute log for 24 hours.

O-  ORDER- be careful not to let the hours slip away with nonessentials

R-  RESIST – being distracted by non essentials and try to discern  God given interruptions.

I-   INPUT – be sure you stay tuned with God and wise counsel.

T-  TIME – how wise and intentional are you in using spare time.

I-   IDENTITY- “Little foxes” Sol. 2:15  Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards”, or  “fox trails”

E-  EXPERIENCE- Learn to experience the moments as they come, at their fullest, as from the LORD.

S-  SINGING WITH EXULTATION. SURRENDER – in the JOY of SALVATION

December 20, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    … Pastor’s Help Mate

It seems  that in this day and age we are trying to make Jesus into an icon.  Some say they are “Jesus people” or refer to God as “the man upstairs”, or “Daddy” and other trite expressions. I do not want to question their motives, but for me I prefer to address the Lord with respect and honor.  How  we who love our Saviour must guard ourselves from using God’s name carelessly.

We don’t address Him as “Jesus the Great”. He is not the “Great” —he is the Only. There is nobody like him. He has no rival and no successor. 

“Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

I would like to say these thoughtful worshipful words by Pepper Choplin,  from Night of the Father’s Love.  Lorenz 2010

FALL ON YOUR KNEES    

Come see the child, He is here by the fire.

Silently come draw near the manger side.

Look in His face and see the world’s salvation,

And feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Open your eyes now the Holy star is rising

Rays of the light will shine to touch your soul

Open your heart to the glory and the wonder

Feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Fall on you knees

Oh hear the Angel voices

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

Come now and fall on your knees

As you worship in His presence

Thanks be to God you have found the Holy child

Blessed are all who have seen the Lord’s salvation

Come and lift your voice,

Let your heart rejoice

Then with the Prince of Peace

Fall on your knees, Fall on your knees.

December 20, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

A COMPELLING REVELATION

Jon Swanson, Tom and Marion Kies son-in-law, & Nancy’s husband is a pastor and teacher and posts what he calls “300 words” on a  weekday  blog. 

Since he would be on a tour out of the country he asked for 14 people to post an article in his place answering the question,  “What story related to Jesus is most compelling for you?” The following is what I wrote and he graciously published.

Luke 1:26-55     A Compelling Revelation:

A young virgin is confronted with a humiliating decision by an angel who told her  she had found favor with God and that she would have a  baby boy and name him Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High.  This young lady told the Angel that she was a virgin and did not understand how this could be. 

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…. Just as your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age…. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary’s Precious Submission

In humble submission she immediately replied, “I am the Lord’s servant…. May it be to me as you have said.”

Then she hurried to tell her dear friend and cousin, Elizabeth the news whose own baby leaped in her womb before Mary even said a word. She too was filled with the Holy Spirit and said “you are blessed because you have believed what the Lord has said will be accomplished.”

Mary said these precious submissive words to the Lord….

– My soul does magnify the Lord    – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

– He cares for me   – all generations will call me blessed

– Holy is His name    – He is merciful to all who fear Him

-He has performed mighty deeds  – scattered those with proud hearts – brought down rulers  – lifted up the humble  – fed the hungry     sent the rich away empty   – Helped his servant Israel   – was Merciful to Abraham.

In this way Mary, the mother of God displayed her love and submission to the will of God in spite of her “circumstances”. 

Compelling us to Trust God’s Sovereignty

Pound Party

Pound Party

Listening to our son Ken Pierpont‘s story this morning, reminded me of when we moved to Belpre, OH along the North side of the Ohio River. When we arrived with our U-Haul truck at Putnam St. at the beautiful parsonage many of the youth of the church made up an assembly line and unloaded that truck in short order. Some of the folk had planted beautiful flower gardens around the house. Then at the first service with those dear people, they had what they called a “POUND” party for us. I was not sure if they were going to pound on us or what. It turned out to be ‘a pound of this and a pound of that’, what other churches have called a “food shower” We had so many groceries that the table, counters, floor. refrigerator and chairs of our beautiful kitchen were loaded and bulging. I have some very special memories of our ministry there and many other ministries where we formed life-long Christian friendships. In all of our 56 + years of ministry the Lord has taken care of us in amazing ways. Another example was when we were in Oklahoma City, and we were low on funds and on of the ladies called us and wondered if we could use some pears. She had more than she could use and many were on the ground and she was not able to do anything with them. The kids still talk about eating pears with peanut butter on them for supper that day. The Lord will provide. Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.

DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

IT IS YOUR CHOICE….

I Choose Love…

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.

I Choose Patience…

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.

I Choose Gentleness…

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…

I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these, I commit my day (Gal. 5:22-23).  If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest

-Max Lucado

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