Archives for September 2017

September 24, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

Scripture Memory

When I was attending Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac MI during my Jr. and Sr High school years the teacher of the week-day Bible class which met after school one day a week, assigned myself and other teens in our youth group to write out the Scripture  memory verses and cut them in strips to hand out at the class.  Of course, she had an ulterior motive.  That motive was to help us learn the Scriptures ourselves.

While Ken was in seminary we attended Second Baptist Church in Grand Rapids where he was the Sunday School teacher of the college-age class. We had two children and near the Easter season Melony came and presented us a note from her S.S. teacher asking us to teach Melony (age 3-4)  Matthew 28: 5-6.  I was excited about teaching her the Scripture and right away began working with her and to my surprise, she learned it much faster than I ever learned Scripture in my teens.  I tried to teach her the verses with expression and her time came to say her part in the Easter program,  all dressed up in her special dress I made her for the occasion.  She stepped up to the microphone and I can still hear her little voice speaking those words. 

“Matthew 28:5-6  (KJV)

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.   6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

I have never forgotten that Scripture to this date, and while we were learning I began to realize the huge responsibility before me to help my children and other children to memorize the Word of God while they were young.  For many years I have used Bible Memory Association and started with the ABC Memory Book

This week I was talking to Melony on the phone and she mentioned that her daughter in law, Lisa was helping her son  Skylar learn Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself, it is a gift of God.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

There is nothing more important to teach our children, grandchildren and yourself then the Word of God! are just a few of the major reasons you should memorize Scripture:

1  It grows our love for God.

2  It’s God’s command.

3  It heals and comforts.

4  It saturates our hearts with truth.

5  It offers spiritual success.

6  It equips us for spiritual warfare.

7  It fuels our witness.

Another link – There are many sites online that have great aids for memorization.

September 17, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    ….Pastor’s Help Mate


Ann Graham Lutz, interviewed her mother, Ruth Bell Graham, regarding her (end of life) advice to mothers and Christian women.

She said that raising children is like training a dog…. reward them, not with food, but a pat and always encouragement. Keep the emphasis on high moral issues, truth, modesty, kindness, obedience, and purity. but not on non-moral issues; spilled milk, Immaturity, or a lack of wisdom.  Train them in the Scriptures, devotions, church, etc.  Then as they mature in their teens, listen to them and know when to turn loose, like learning to ride a bike or water skiing.  Then as they mature and become adults, college, or marriage, encourage them.

Remember, mothers, that miracles are not in our department. Leave that to the Holy Spirit. We often want our answers yesterday and we need to learn that we must give it to the Lord.  Guilt and self-doubt are a terrible burden. What I should have done or not done. Ask God to overcome mistakes and claim His promises.

John 17: 19  The Lord’s prayer in the garden before He was crucified; “And for their sakes, I sanctify myself, (set himself apart) that they might be sanctified through the truth.” We need to put the children on hold!  All God’s promises are on your side. Trust Him and run to Him and set yourself apart for His glory. Concentrate on your own holiness with God and He will take care of the rest

Ladies, Stay in the Word and pray daily….  not on your knees, but on the hoof”  talk to the Lord as you work, He is there…. all day long.  He is there whether we realize it or not….   Pick up the baton and practice that reality daily.

Malcolm Muggeridge said that he experienced the reality of good in the tough times.  She went on to share many trials that helped her spiritually.      

You take care of the possible, and trust Him for the impossible.

While you are cooking, sewing, cleaning, He is a very present help in trouble.  Hunger and thirst after righteousness. To teach children how to eat is let them see you enjoying your food. It is the same spiritually.   Show them how much you enjoy serving God and having devotions. The spiritual things are far more important than things and activities, but things with eternal value.

As a child, Ruth grew through the hardship of being separated from her parents. One of her Chinese caretakers always said, “simple kindness greases the wheel.

Prepare to pass the baton and, young ladies, today is the day to begin planning and preparing for taking the baton.   Enjoy growing old and look forward to the faithfulness of God through life’s joys and hardships.

September 10, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

If I Were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about, however, necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”

To the young, I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”

In the ears of the young married, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.”

Then I’d get organized.  I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.  I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power, I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches, I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg  And the symbol of Christmas

a bottle.

If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world would go to hell as sure as the Devil.

“If I Were the Devil” is a form of social criticism, an essay that postulates what steps the devil might take in order to corrupt human civilization (and the United States in particular) and lead it down the path of darkness — before delivering the catch that all the steps listed are phenomena that are already taking place in the world today. It was written and popularized by national radio commentator and syndicated columnist Paul Harvey, who from the mid-1960s onwards featured it in both media many times over the course of his long career, periodically updating it to incorporate current trends.  The oldest genuine Paul Harvey version of this piece we’ve found so far appeared in his newspaper column in 1964:

  This is tame compared to what is happening now…

September 3, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

When I taught the first grade, I would give the children an assignment to write about what they did on the weekend.  It was fun to see how children perceived things and then tried to write them in a story.   Here are some of the examples.

  •   shrawberries = strawberries
  •   mice-cream  =  ice cream
  • 4thajuli  = 4th of July   (all one word)
  •   nap kens = napkins

One little girl wrote that she had “shrawberries and mice-cream” and one of the boys wrote that he saw the 4thajuli fireworks.

When our eldest son Ken, was little he did not like naps and did everything he could to escape one.  When he would begin to tire and get a bit testy I would say, “Do you want a nap, Ken?” –meaning that would be the next step. 

While his dad was in seminary I made napkins out of scraps of fabric from the clothing I made. When we were eating I would often offer little Ken a napkin by saying, “Would you like a napkin”, and he would shake his head  and say, “No” I am a slow learner and it took me a while to realize that he thought I was asking,  “Do you want a nap, Ken?” 

Four-year-old Hudson Kenneth listens very carefully and often asks us to define words.  He heard me say, “it pays to be prepared’  and he asked, “What does ‘prepared’ mean?” While we were there he asked me what several words meant. Often children do not understand us when we are talking, but may not verbalize their confusion and misunderstanding.

When children misspell words, they don’t do it to be naughty, or funny.  They think they are right or are at least doing their best.  Kenny was not being naughty or rude about taking a napkin but all the time he thought I was asking him if he wanted a nap. Have you ever seen a little boy who wanted a nap?

Often in our day to day interactions with other Christians, we have confusion because of differences in our background or way of saying or doing things.  It is not intentional but may cause misunderstandings.  It is possible that the other person may be a younger Christian than you or vice versa and do not understand the teaching of the Word of God.

When children misspelled words, I would carefully explain that perhaps phonetically their word sounded right, but that there are rules to learn that would help them to spell correctly or I would say the word more clearly, so they could spell it right themselves. As a child grows up he must become more accountable. We would certainly be troubled if adults spelled like children because no one corrected them when they were learning. We learned last week, the importance of following the example to form letters.   Correction and instruction in the Christian life are imperative for young Christians to grow spiritually.  How does that correction come?   It comes by attending a church where the truth of the Word is taught,  by watching other believers model the way a Christian should conduct herself and by seeing their obedient walk in and away from church just as the little girl who thought she heard ‘micecream’ and younger Christians need to ask questions like Hudson, so others can know  when they don’t understand things.

Hebrews 12:6   “For those whom the Lord loves  He disciplines and He scourges every  son  whom He receives.” 

2 Timothy 3:16   “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,  for training in righteousness.”