Archives for August 2017

August 27, 2017   JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

The week while preparing for my Heart to Heart this thought came to me…

What are my bullet points for this new year in my life?

What is really important to me?

Birthdays to me, are like a New Year. A challenge to move forward.   

I was born on August 26th, and August 28th is my Spiritual birthday.  It is the day as a small child that my sister and I accepted Christ as our personal Savior, while attending a Vacation Bible School of the Bertrand Bible Church, in Niles MI., in a huge tent meeting about a block from our house and that church had a bus ministry.  They followed up with my sister and me and began picking us up for Sunday School.

To me, it is a lot like New Years Day when folk reflect on the old year and consider changes they might want to make in their lives for the better.

I would like to think seriously about making it a special time to Challenge myself to consider, what my ‘bullet points’ are for this new phase of my life.

  • Have I won anyone to the Lord Jesus Christ since my last birthday?
  • Do I have someone in mind whom I might be able to impact for Christ in this next year of my life?
  • Do I have something in my life that I should change that would make me a better Christian example to my children, siblings, parents, other relatives, grand children, fellow believers, neighbors, co-workers? clerk in the store, teacher, etc.
  • When I consider giving gifts to others on their special days, do I give spiritual gifts such as Bibles, Devotional books, or even a prayer, written out and perhaps framed so that that person knows that you I praying for him or her?(and make sure to pray.)
  • Can I say that this Scripture is a good description of my heart for Christ and influencing others for Christ?

Please read this thoughtfully and again this week and pray the following prayer as your commitment to challenging yourself to a  sincere walk this year to make a spiritual difference in the lives of other for His Glory.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV) 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

“Father, I want to speak for You today. Bring me across the path of someone who needs to hear there is a God who loves and cares for them.  If I can’t give the whole gospel story, help me to at least point them toward Jesus, Speak through me —- through my words and my smile with Your words and Your smile.  Help me to forget about my own selfish will and desires. Today, I will I surrender to you.”   That is my prayer.

If we who read this today, are not willing to make this commitment, there will not be any growth in our circle of influence nor in our ministry here.

A special prayer.

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes

All my own desires and hopes

and accept Thy will for my life.

I give myself, my life, my all

Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.

Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit

Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt

And work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now

and forever.”

~Betty Scott Stam

On Dec. the 7th, 1934,  John and Betty Star were captured by the Chinese communists and were beheaded for the cause of Christ. They had hidden their little baby, Helen Priscilla, just 3 months old, and she was rescued and taken out of the country by Chinese friends.

Tim Sisk, Professor of Intercultural Studies at Moody Bible Institute said “We often fool ourselves into thinking that the command to make disciples across the globe can be done with little or no sacrifice,” Sisk said. “The story of the Stams reminds us that it is a war and that the evil one will oppose those who go to make Jesus known.  Their story should remind us all of the cost, but also challenge us to wholehearted obedience as the Stams modeled for us.”

August 20, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …PASTOR’S HELP MATE.

While teaching in Christian schools I liked to have a high standard for each student as they began to learn to write in manuscript.  I am sure that you all remember when you first began learning to form the letters you were expected to copy several lines of the example of the new letter you were learning.   Some of the first attempts of my students to form those letters were not that great, I would praise them for those I could give praise for and not be critical of all the letters but just pick some of the last few the student had written. Because it was common as the student continued,  the letters would begin to take on a different shape. I would remind them to always copy the example letter and not their own. I would choose a  few letters and ask the student to erase one or two and make it more like the first letter they were supposed to copy with a smile to remember not to copy their own letters, but always look at the example on the chalk board or in the text book.  If there was an improvement at all I would praise them or say, “Wow, you really worked hard on this”  and then I would have them continue.  Each time I corrected their work I would raise the standard always praising where I could.  Perhaps the child formed the letter in the wrong direction or in cursive the tail would be backward.  I would show them the reason for writing a certain direction and then showed them how much smoother it would flow if they wrote it in the correct direction.

Actually, one year I taught a class of 27 first graders in a Christian School that used Bob Jones materials which taught precursive to teach the alphabet, and I had to learn along with the students, how to form the letters as illustrated on the front of the bulletin.

Even a little girl with deformed fingers came to our Christian school, and somewhere along the line, previous instructors let her use a typewriter. It is hard as an instructor to insist on high expectations when a child is handicapped, but I also told her the story of my great, great Aunt Mary who taught school without hands at all and she had beautiful penmanship.  I brought her pictures to school and a sample of her penmanship and had a devotional about how the Lord can use you if you commit yourself to Him.

After a few days of pouting and stubbornness, my disabled student gradually began to make more attempts to do better.  Even my fellow teachers were a little leery of my strong stand and firmness with Amanda,  but by the end of the year, she had very nice handwriting. The pastor of our church school would see her running around on the playground on her heals and he would tell her that she was going to ruin her shoes. Ken was the principal at that time and he kindly took the pastor aside and explained that she had no toes – she had to use her heels!

When it came time for the Christmas program practice I approached her about doing the part of a rag doll in the Christmas program.  She looked just like a rag doll with footies on and just heels.   She did a beautiful job and sang a beautiful solo in the program.  By the end of the year, her parents and grand parents came to me and thanked me for the strong stand I took to help her succeed.

I believe that children need to be challenged and so do adults who are children in Christ. That is why I want to challenge you, ladies, to become more aggressive in evangelism, and outreach for this community.  Do you invite others to church or offer to bring them?  Have you ever led a person to Christ as their Saviour?  Challenge yourself to do what you know God wants you to do. We can all do better.

August 13, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …PASTOR’S HELP MATE.

Prayer Needed

This article was posted by Franklin Graham on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017,   as reported by  Africanews.com.

Thirty-four adults and children were killed in a horrific bus crash on their way to a church service in Madagascar a few days ago.There are reports of entire families being lost in the carnage. Samaritan’s Purse has worked in this country for many years. We just heard yesterday that 8 of those killed were local volunteer teachers in our Operation Christmas Child The Greatest Journey discipleship program and 12 were children who had just recently graduated from the program. I’m thankful they knew the Savior and are now in His presence. Would you join us in praying for those who are grieving their loved ones and for the many injured?

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

Prayer Reminders:

·   Praise God for the 16 countries that have received shoe boxes and volunteer teams

    who are now working hard at Outreach Events to share the Good News with over

    1.65 million children.

·   Pray for the over 9.47 million shoe boxes still en route on ships to children in 49

    countries.

·   Pray for tax exemption of shoeboxes in ten countries.

·   Pray for customs clearance of sea containers filled with shoe box Gospel                   

    Opportunities in three countries.

·   Praise God for the miraculous tax exemption received for over 152,000 shoebox

    gifts in Tanzania.

 –  Operation Christmas Child-

Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

Most recommended items to pack in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox:

  • school supplies – chalkboards with chalk, pencils, scissors
  • toys – soccer ball with pump, dolls
  • make-your-own crafts – add your personal touch
  • non-liquid hygiene items – bar soap, toothbrush
  • clothing accessories – tops, shoes, socks, hair bows, gloves, scarves
  • a personal note from your family – if you include your name and address it’s possible that the child could write you back!

Items that should not be included in your shoebox:

  • Candy
  • toothpaste;
  • used or damaged items;
  • war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures
  • chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid) liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins
  • breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

This year, National Collection Week will be November 13–20

August 6, 2017      Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

Pastor’s Pen—by Wayne Muri, was the interim pastor at Cambria Baptist.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

“Complaining? About What?”

Here’s a humorous essay by someone complaining about all the complaining…

When I was a kid, we had a rotary phone. You had to stand next to it and manually dial. You know how primitive that was? You were making sparks. And you would hate the people who had zeroes in their number because it took so much longer. And then if you called and they weren’t home, the phone would just ring lonely by itself.

If you wanted money you had to go in the bank—and it was open for like three hours, and you’d stand in line and write a check. And then if you ran out of money, you’d just say, “Well, that’s it until payday.”

Now we live in an amazing world, and it’s wasted on a generation that doesn’t care. They’ve got this incredible iPhone that does more than a whole room of computers used to do, and they gripe, “why is the connection so slow?” Give it a second! It’s going to space. Will you give it a second to get back from space? Is the speed of light too slow for you?

I was on an airplane, and there was high-speed internet. They announced, “Open up your laptop, you can go on the internet.” I mean, how amazing is that. And then the thing malfunctions, they apologize that the internet’s not working right now and the guy next to me says, “Man, this really stinks.” He’s totally bummed about not being able to do something he never knew existed until ten seconds ago. People come back from flights and it’s always a horror story. “It was the worst day of my life. We have to wait over twenty minutes to board. Then we sat on the runway for another forty minutes. It was awful.” And I ask, “O, really, and what happened next? Did you fly through the air like a bird in an object the size of an apartment building? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight?” Everybody on every plane should be screaming, “WOW! We’re flying. We’re sitting in chairs up in the sky! People say there are “delays” on flights. Really? New York to California in five hours! It used to take three years to do that, and a bunch of people would die on the way.

Try to make it through the day today without whining, murmuring, complaining, or griping. Jesus never did any of that and neither should you. Be thankful instead.

Pastor Wayne

The morning evotion is a ministry

of Lakeshore Baptist Church, Grand Haven, Michigan

Philippians 2:14-16 (NKJV)  “14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”