Archives for August 2016

August 28, 20016, Jane’s Heart to Heart… Pastor’s Help Mate

On August 28, 1946, it was a beautiful summer day as two little girls made their way to the big tent that was just in sight of their house.

The Bertrand Bible Church of Niles, Michigan was having Vacation Bible School and my sister and I went into the big tent and after hearing the flannel graph lesson about how Jesus came to earth and died on the cross to save sinners. My sister and I responded to the invitation to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

Although I was just a little girl in the third grade I knew that I was a sinner in need of forgiveness and at that time there was a great deal of upset in our home.

My parents were not Christians and decided to separate and eventually divorced.

hope on a swingDuring this tumultuous time, I loved to go outside in the swing and lay on my stomach in the swing. I would put a hymnal on the ground and sing hymns… (even though I didn’t know the tunes, I would make up my own).

One song which I did know was the song “Beyond the Sunset”. Because I was praying for my mother and father and though I really didn’t understand everything that was going on at the time, in my childish way I claimed that song as a prayer.

I claimed the verse which stated, “In that fair Homeland we’ll know no parting” as a promise that my parents would not be divorced.

Well, PRAISE THE LORD. He brought my parents back together after one year and they remarried and they were saved and lived faithful Christian lives until God took them home to be with Him.

[God took my mother home to be with Him on October 12, 1998, and my father went to be with the Lord on November 10, 1999.]

August 21,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

August 21, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart Pastor’s Help Mate

Our Grandson Chuk posted this on FaceBook this past week and I thought of the times that I have personally been guilty of this myself.

Chuk shared that there is  a delivery man that comes to his work daily. I have thought this man would complain about winning a million dollars. 

The other day his sales representative came in and I said, “Man, Don would complain if he was hung with a new rope.!” 

The salesman smiled and replied,  “Don had a son who was graduating from high school. He decided to have an open house the night before his graduation. While the party was going on inside his son drowned in the lake. Don hasn’t been the same since.”

Chuk said, “It hurt my heart. For a year I have made fun of Don for complaining. Never once did I think to contemplate his life or why he may be so destroyed on the inside.   No amount of Don’s complaining can come close to bothering me now.  Maybe if I had been more like Christ, to begin with, it never would have.”

When I was doing my Scripture writing this week I was guilty of judging David about how  he prayed, [ in my 30 Day  “Praise the Lord Anyway” Challenge]  Ps.35:26 “Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.”

Then I remembered that David did not have the New Testament to strengthen and challenge him in his faith and the importance of praying and showing love to the unlovely as in I Cor. 13…”Love…  is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil” and ”the Greatest of these is LOVE.”

August 14,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

8 Quotes about Faith in God from Elisabeth Elliot’s writings:

http://www.daringdaughters.org/elisabeth-elliot/

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next.”

“God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us  to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your Savior, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”

“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived — not always looked forward to as though the “real” living were around the next corner.”

“It is today for which are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”

“Faith’s most severe tests come not when we see nothing, but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith is vain.”

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.”

August 7,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

This past Sunday we were with our son Kevin’s, family at Mt. Pleasant, MI.

The S.S. teacher presented a lesson from James Merritt’s video presentation and I would like to share what I gleaned from the lesson.  The lesson was based on Matthew 25: 14 – 26 on the parable of the Talents.

Faithful

How would you define  faithful?

Prov. 20: 6 “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”  God is faithful.  Would you describe yourself as faithful”

The lesson from Matthew 25, demonstrates  living up to  these 5 words – “You Can Count on Me”.

Today, I encourage each of you to take stock of the God-given talents He has given you.  Every one of us has God-given gifts and abilities.  It is not important what we have, but what we do with what we have.   I would like to ask you to think seriously this week about this subject.

  1. What God-given abilities do I have? What am I doing with them to bring honor and glory to Him? sewing, baking, serving, teaching, musical talent, money, time, prayer….

2.  What material things do I have and how am I using those things that I have to       

     bring glory and honor to God?

God does not compare you with how others do, but he does compare you with what you do, with what He has blessed you.  There is no reason to compare yourself with others. I wish I could sing like that, or had more money to give, etc.  Just do your best and be faithful to Him to the best of your ability.  Verses 23 says he will say, “Well done thou good and Faithful servant.”

When we only use that with which He has gifted us, for  a corruptible crown, He will say as in verse 26,  “thou wicked and slothful servant“.

When I worked with music students, I prayed that the Lord would help me to teach those who were trying to polish their God-given talent, that they would use that talent  for Christ Alone.

Pray that the Lord will show you what you should do for the purpose of carrying out the Great commission: by winning  the lost to Christ and  teaching them to observe that Great commission too. This is called discipleship.  If what you are doing with your talent is not for that great purpose, it is not an investment , but as in  verse 26, he called that servant, wicked and slothful.   

Will the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”? Are there some things that you should change?                  

CAN HE COUNT ON YOU?