Archives for September 2016

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016   JANE’S HEART TO HEART …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

I have been reading, The Daniel Prayer, by Ann Graham Lotz.  Out of the sixteen verses of Daniel’s Prayer  in chapter 9, twelve of them confess sin, our sin. 

Looking at our nation today, could the problem be  our unconfessed sin.

While working on the first message of a seminar,  Ann said that she felt in her heart that the Holy Spirit was prompting her to talk about herself to the Lord.  She felt she was short on time and balked at that idea.  The silence in her heart was loud and she realized she needed to fall on her face before the Lord and spend time in the confession of her own sin and need.  After five days of humiliation and painful prayer and conviction of her sin, she came up with this  list she used from reading the book  “Preparing the Heart for Revival” C.G. Finney. It was suggested to take pencil and paper and go through the list three times to see that nothing is  left  out, reasoning that our sins come one at a time.

SIN TO CONFESS

Ingratitude – failure to thank God for favors given before and after salvation

Losing love for God – evidence of a loss of love for Him

Neglect Bible Reading – loss of delight in the Word, distracted by surroundings

Unbelief – lack of faith and trust that HE will answer prayer

Neglect of prayer – spiritual chatter, lack of fervency and focus

Lack of Concern for Souls    while family, friends & neighbors are without Christ

Neglect of Family – putting my wants and needs ahead of my family

Love of the World – my possessions are mine, money is mine to use as I choose

Pride – time spent on how I look more than preparing my heart for worship

Envy – jealousy of others who are more fruitful or gifted, or hearing others praised

A critical spirit – finding fault with others who don’t measure up to my standards

Slander – of others’ faults, real or imagined, discussed behind their backs

Lack Seriousness with God – sleepy prayers, late to church, how time is spent

Lying – anything but the truth, desire to impress,  exaggerated, high opinion of self

Cheating – not treating others as I would want to be treated

Hypocrisy – pretend to be something I am not

Robbing God – wasting time, your God  given talents for a fee, but not for God.

Temper – impatience, cross, emotional, abusive thoughts or words

Hindering Others – undermining others’ confidence by unreasonably high standards

Arrogance – accepting God’s forgiveness yet, not forgiving myself or others

Ann shared that after seven days of confession and conviction the Lord finally gave her a “sweet, blessed assurance that she was cleansed and filled and ready to begin her messages.

Please take the time  to evaluate  this list for yourself.  Make a list and prepare yourself for prayer for our nation.

Daniel 9:19   “O Lord, hear: O Lord forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”

I just had to come into this post and add this note of praise of the work of the Holy Spirit in our service today….

Our daughter Melony Evans just got home from helping with her newest grandson  in MD and hadn’t really had time to prepare but when she got up to sing at her scheduled time this morning she sang this song.

What a blessing how well it went with this Heart to Heart and with her dad’s message….  The Lord did it all and put it all together.

Be sure to read the words of this song.


Glorious Freedom   –  J. Lincoln Hall

Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters;
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain.
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.

Refrain

Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom!
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator—
Now and forever He shall be mine.

Freedom from all the carnal affections;
Freedom from envy, hatred and strife;
Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions;
Freedom from all that saddened my life!

Refrain

Freedom from pride and all sinful follies;
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger;
Glorious freedom, rapture untold!

Refrain

Freedom from fear with all of its torments;
Freedom from care with all of its pain;
Freedom in Christ, my blessèd Redeemer—
He who has rent my fetters in twain.

Refrain

or listen to the Gaither band

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

As you read this you might want to listen to  “Give Me Jesus”  Fernando Ortega

I love the early mornings

and the calmness that starts the day…

The quiet hush of fresh new beginnings…

The possibility that streams through…

The only sound I hear is the morning birds softly giving praise

and worshiping for yet another day…

The beautiful stream of light that trickles through the  window

as the wind softly blows the leaves in the trees.

Like a song I can’t help but feel God in everything…

I eagerly take up the cross and with anticipation

begin to explore what God already knows…

Like a flower that raises its head to the heavens…

I will look for You, Lord…

I lift my head too and give thanks for this new day…

I greet this day and surrender all I am…

All for You, Father…

May all I am and all I do bring You glory…

I quietly stand beside You, Lord…

Renew me…

Repair all I may not be…

Refresh my spirit…

Thank you, Lord, for this gift called life..

Amen

“Let the morning bring me word

of Your unfailing love

For I have put my trust in You.”

Psalm 143:8

~Birds of a Feather Always Flock Together 

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September 11, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

PAUL LEVIN and BOB FINDLEY were partners in evangelism since January 1934. They traveled from coast to coast and in Canada in their evangelistic campaigns and were also widely known on Bible Tract Echoes, a broadcast heard over 30 radio stations. They accompanied themselves on mandolin and guitar which enabled them to produce a style of their own which, across the years,  appealed to the hearts of thousands of listeners.

They traveled from coast to coast in evangelistic work and  made many appearances on radio and television, in the course of their travels. Evangelist Paul Levin was born in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1914, the youngest of a Swedish family of 12. His Mother led him to accept Christ as his Saviour at the age of four and he would preach at the piano stool. At the age of 15, he preached his first sermon and went into full-time evangelistic work at the age of 17. He was the author of “Bible Tracts” a personal tract ministry which has produced over 233 million tracts in 74 languages, some of them in Braille and a number on phonograph records and tapes for the blind.

Blind Singer Bob FindJey was born blind in Kewanee, Illinois, in 1903. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 20 and spent several years in radio work after that time. Paul and Bob met in 1932 and in  1934 they joined together in the gospel ministry.  They made one of first Gospel films for Baptista Films in addition to their recordings and wide-spread travels in evangelistic work.  Paul and Bob were known for their plain style of singing. They continued in ministry together until Bob’s death. Paul Levine died in Sept. 1996

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When I was in Jr and Sr. High, Paul and Bob came to Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac, MI. for one or two weeks of evangelistic meetings.  We loved Paul’s preaching and hearing them sing and always looked forward to the times they came. 

Often at our fellowship suppers Paul would trick Bob, for the benefit of the youth  by putting a napkin in his sandwich or putting a straw in a catsup bottle and giving it to him for pop.   He probably did it everywhere they went and Bob was a great sport and played right along by acting shocked or surprised.

Today we will share with you, one of their songs I especially remembered and it was always requested on the closing “Request Night”, as one of the favorites.  It was called “The Hornet Song”.

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THE HORNETS

Sung to the tune of “This Is Like Heaven To Me.

HERE

When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to time,
And help His own people to win.

The hornets persuaded them that it was best,
To go quickly, and not to go slow;
God did not compel them to go ‘gainst their will,
But He just made them willing to go.

Chorus

He does not compel us to go, No! No!
He does not compel us to go.
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urgings to make yourself scarce,
You’d want to get out, don’t you see.
They would not lay hold and by force of their strength
Throw you out of the window, Oh No,!
They would not compel you’ to go ‘gainst your will,
But they’d just make you willing to go.

Chorus

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright;
He never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed and ran off from the fight.
But God sent a big fish to swallow him up,
The story I’m sure you all know;
He did not compel him to go ‘gainst his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

Chorus

When Moses was sent to lead Israel out,
To Canaan’s rich fruit-bearing land.
Resisting His Spirit they worshiped a calf,
But refused to obey God’s Command.
God did not compel them to go to the land,
Which with wine, milk, and honey did flow,
But fed them on manna for forty long years,
‘Till He got them all ready to go.

Chorus

When Balaam was sent to the Moabite king,
And wanted things run his own way,
His mule, ever faithful, spoke at the right time,
Made him willing God’s Will to obey.
God can use any man, since He used Balaam’s mule,
For He is Almighty you know;
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

Chorus

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September 4, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart ….Pastor’s Help Mate

The Labor of Prayer

Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty  things, which thou knowest not”

I Thes. 5:16-18   “16.  Rejoice evermore. 17. Pray without ceasing. 18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I would like to tell you of Edith Schaefer, a great prayer warrior, in her book The Art of Life,  crossway Books, Westchester, IL.

Conscientious Prayer, Devotional #24

Edith shared how as a small child she was skipping along beside Mr. Hoste, the director of the China Inland mission ( he had followed Hudson Taylor.)   He told her she could walk along if she wished but that it was his prayer time. She walked with him a number of times and learned that he prayed aloud, and counted it his responsivility to pray for four hours a day for each missionary, in the China Inland Mission, for each one and their children by name and about specific personal things. He carried the list with him. He prayed aloud and encouraged he to pray too.  She learned a great respect for the “work” of prayer.

She also shared how a farming friend who also prayed with a list for the L’Abri ministry as he drove his tractor and farmed his fields.  This too impressed her of the farmer in his tractor or the head of a mission both considered prayer more important than other things they might do.

We might not be able to pray for four hours, but there are times when we could spend a great deal of time in prayer.

She also said that there is a cumulative freedom of communication as you read and pray for a variety of needs in other people’s lives, as well as your own.

As time goes on there is a sense of quietness, like having been in the home of a very calm person, separated from your own pressures.  It can be like a protected quiet place. We all need to try this Conscientious Prayer time.

This will be a blessing for you and for those for whom you pray.

This was her  closing prayer:

“Lord, Give us the longing to spend tme with You, give us the time and give us the longing.  Through an extended period of time with you, inspire me to make this the norm of my Chrisitan life., Amen.”