Archives for May 2016

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Day 2006 (taken from our son Ken’s web-site to see more stories)

It’s Memorial Day and today I would like to have the ability to go back in time just once. Since my grandfather served in WWII, he was a patriot and he and grandmother always commemorated “Decoration Day.” Grandpa had been injured in the line of duty he had seen others die. Everyone had sacrificed for the war effort and rejoiced at its end.

On Memorial Day, the morning was always devoted to remembrance. We attended parades and listened to speeches. We bought poppies from veterans and visited family. We listened with interest to old war stories, even if we had heard them so often we could tell them ourselves.

In the  afternoon , we gathered on the farm for a huge picnic. Memorial Day was the official beginning of summer school was days from dismissing for the summer, and the first cutting of hay was often ready to bail. So we burned off our picnic calories putting up hay all afternoon. In the evening it was fishing, chasing fireflies, corn-on-the-cob, and watermelon. I would like to re-live just one of those days with my children, but life doesn’t work like that.

We just returned from a month in Mexico. It was a good experience. We all observed so many things. The people were beautiful. The climate was enviable. The hospitality was sweet. I’m glad we went. But when we crossed back into the United States of America and saw Old Glory snapping in the breeze over the welcome center just north of the Rio Grande, My heart was stirred with love and gratitude that I was born in the U. S. A.

Now more than ever it is clear to me that God has blessed America. And I pray, now more than ever, that God will withhold the judgment we deserve and instead send a latter rain of revival and reformation to our land before it is too late.

Ken L. Pierpont

Nashville, Tennessee

Memorial Day

May 29, 2006

MAY 22, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Some time back when we first began Jane’s Heart to Heart I shared 12 lessons on the 23rd Psalm.

Today I want to share this Question which I was reminded of in a daily devotional which I received from The Pocket Testament League this past week.

Who is in Your Flock?

Acts 20:28  “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Paul instructed us to “keep watch” over ourselves; now he adds to this “and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” In secular terms the word “overseer” would mean superintendent or supervisor, in church terms it is typically translated as “bishop” or “elder.” Therefore, we could interpret the word  to include both those people who we are responsible for physically as well as spiritually.

The authority to be an overseer is given by the Holy Spirit and is not based on bloodline, order of birth, financial condition or work relationship. Some of us might have difficulty with this concept. After all, why would my boss at work or co-workers listen to me about my faith — what authority do I have?

The point is, the only authority you need is the Holy Spirit’s.

Ask yourself who the Lord has placed in your care? Yet never without prayer and obedience.

Certainly, children come immediately to mind, but who else?

  • your co-worker
  • fellow student
  • your boss
  • bus driver
  • stewardess
  • baby-sitter
  • customers
  • waitress
  • relatives
  • parents
  • husband

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal who He — based upon His own sovereignty — has placed within your domain as spiritual overseer. It might surprise you. How does it change your attitude toward this relationship? Can you guide another’s spiritual development with humility? What needs to change within you to do so?

Our favorite passages about evangelism is the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-10

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

May 15, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

The Lord’s Angels

As our children Jim and Melony Evans finished up their move last week, Jim also worked delivering trucks all over several states. Ken decided to help them by returning our son Nathan’s trailer Sunday afternoon. Nathan was at home with a few of the children,  because one was ill, so Jennifer had gone to Ohio to see her folks for Mother’s Day, with Audrey Jayne.  So Ken decided to do him a favor and go to see Nathan Sunday afternoon to be company to Nathan and help Jim catch some rest so that he could spend his Monday off on some of his unpacking and setting up his workshop.

Melony had sweetly gotten up early and prepared our dinner. We were planning on leaving around 3 PM so that we could stop by the funeral home for a visitation of our former neighbor friend near the Jonesville Baptist Church.  George Schutes’  home bordered the property and he used a small portion of the church property to put  his horses out to graze.  http://www.eaglefuneralhomes.com/Obituary/5070/George_Schutes.   We started out toward Hillsdale on Sterling Rd. and right away I realized that I might have a problem because the trailer caused the car to lurch a bit and I mentioned to Ken that perhaps I should go back home.  Ken assured me that it would not be bad once we were on the state route.  Indeed, when we reached  route 49 it was not as bad and we decided not to go to the visitation and we would go to the funeral on Mon. So we turned and went to Litchfield to follow route 99 north to Homer and then follow route 60 west.  As we traveled toward Tekonsha  the trailer suddenly lurched hard and we realized that we had a very serious problem.  I immediately called out to the Lord for help and safety for everyone around us. With the Lord’s help, Ken was able to pull the car off to the side of the road without event. 

Thank you, Father!  Now what?  Ken stepped out of the car and went back to survey the situation and made an attempt to work on it and came back to the car and asked me to call Jim to come and help us get the trailer reattached, because he was not strong enough to do it alone.  While I was calling, a young man with a truck stopped behind us and offered his help. Shortly, they were able to reattach the trailer after realizing the pin was improperly inserted. While they were working another young man stopped to help. It turned out that they were friends on the way to the same place.  They dated sisters. The three of them were scratching their heads and hoping the pin stayed put. Ken reached in his pocket for a  gospel tract and offered the young men money. Immediately the first one thanked him with a big smile and said, “Oh. thank you, I am a Christian”, and pointing to this friend  said, “He is too”.  As Ken offered them money the first young man said, “This is enough”, as he pointed to Ken’s cross. Not only that, but the second young man said, Aren’t you the preacher from the church over on Sterling Road? My dad goes there.”

Yes, the Lord brought us through what could have been a very serious event and not only that,  he sent “Two Angels” to help us.  Thank You, Lord.   

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Ladies

The importance of  being in God’s house with your family.

My greatest desire as a mother was

  • to raise our children to trust Christ at an early age
  • to Love and memorize the Scriptures
  • to love being in church in fellowship with other Christians.
  • to love Singing His Praises!

I found Saturday as a most important time of preparation for the Lord’s day.

  • making sure those shoes can be found, shined and clothes are laid out before bedtime, a little money for the Lord and a Bible  in their hand.

Be sure that your attitude about being in the Lord’s house, during the week, is one of excitement and enjoyment. 

This can be catching!

Born 1918, Billy Graham will be 98 this year in Nov.  This was Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation on September 4, 2015  at 95 yrs. old 

HE  SURELY HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY

Ladies this truly would be a  great prayer for us to pray in our homes.

Heavenly Father,

We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and set us free. Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called:

‘One nation under God!’

May 1, 2016         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

The Angel In the Cell by Elisabeth Elliot

My brother Dave Howard does a lot of traveling and comes back with wonderful stories. One summer when the six of us Howards with our spouses got together for a reunion, Dave told us this one, heard from the son of the man in the story.

A man whom we’ll call Ivan, a prisoner in an unnamed country, was taken from his cell, interrogated, tortured, and beaten nearly to a pulp. The one comfort in his life was a blanket. As he staggered back to his cell, ready to collapse into that meager comfort, he saw to his dismay that someone was wrapped up in it–an informer, he supposed. He fell on the filthy floor, crying out, “I can’t take any more! whereupon a voice came from the blanket: “Ivan, what do you mean, you can’t take any more?” Thinking the man was trying to get information to be used against him, Ivan didn’t explain. He merely repeated what he had said.

“Ivan,” came the voice, “Have you forgotten that Jesus is with you?”

Then the figure in the blanket was gone. Ivan, unable to walk a minute before, now leaped to his feet and danced around the cell praising the Lord. In the morning, the guard who had starved and beaten him asked who had given him food. “No one,” said Ivan.

“But why do you look so different?”

“Because my Lord was with me last night.”

“Oh, is that so? And where is your Lord now?”

Ivan opened his shirt, pointed to his heart–“Here.”

“OK. I’m going to shoot you and your Lord right now,” said the guard, pointing a pistol at Ivan’s chest.

“Shoot me if you wish. I’ll go to be with my Lord.”

The guard returned his pistol to its holster, shaking his head in bewilderment.

Later Ivan learned that his wife and children had been praying for him on that same night as they read Isaiah 51:14: “The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread” (NIV).

Ivan was released shortly thereafter and continued faithfully to preach the gospel until he died in his eighties.

Perhaps you are imprisoned by pain and sickness. by  the job, or people you must deal with every day.  You may feel that all hope is lost.

Remember “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Cor. 10:13.

Hebrews 12:2  (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”