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DECEMBER 10, 2017 JANE’S HEART TO HEART …PASTOR’S HELP-MATE

DO YOU KNOW HIM…. TELL ME ABOUT IT.

I Peter 3:15

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Ladies, we should be able to speak a word to anyone who asks about what Christ did for us, and that we personally have trusted  and believed in HIM.  This should not be something that we are afraid to speak of or at a loss of words!!   

You might say, I just don’t know how to say it.   If that is true, I want to encourage you to immediately come before the Lord and ask Him to give you the words.  Then take pen in hand and write down your personal experience with God and read it daily.

If someone asked when you were born,   do you remember it?  NO, of course not.   If that is the way it is with your salvation then you need to do the same as your birthdate.  You have a record, a birth certificate that tells you that you were born.  You memorized it as a child. You carry a record in you purse or important papers.  If you remember the occasion when you gave your life to the Lord consciously, then you need to write down what you remember about that.   Then you need to find a  Scripture that speaks to the issue of receiving Christ. Usually the difficulty is  because you really have not spent time in the Word of God and with His people.   Let’s change that.

Acts 16:31…. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house. Have you done that?   Then use that verse.

John 3:16…   For God so loved the world (your Name) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (Your name) believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.     Have you believed that Jesus gave His life for your sin. Then use that verse.

Romans 3:23…   “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.   Do you believe you are a sinner.”   If you do not believe this…. You cannot be saved.

Romans 5:8… “ But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Do you believe Christ died instead of you  Then use that verse.

Romans 10:9-10… If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Do you believe that in your heart?  Then use that verse.  If  God can forgive our sin, surely we should be able to trust Him. There are many more.

Sometimes people are not sure they are saved because of unconfessed sin…..  Then confess it… I John 1:9….  the Lord says to Christians.   “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

This is the most important thing that you can do in your life.   Do it!   Don’t put it off.

December 3, 2017    …JANE’S HEART TO HEART

December 3, 2017 …JANE’S HEART TO HEART

My Mother’s Ceramic Tree, a Gift of Love.

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS GIVING?   

(Christ – Birth Giving)   

Christ was Born to Die for the  Love of the World!

Real  giving is not:

  • wrapped in lovely paper with beautiful ribbons and a name tag.
  • is not just for special occasions like birthday, wedding, shower, graduation, or Christmas.
  • is not out of obligation or because we will get something in return.
  • about the cost or value of time spent, the labor of hands or great sacrifice.
  • nor to expect a  return gift of equal value.
  • to prevent feeling guilty.

Giving is a privilege and honor to express our love for the Lord by showing love for others as we are directed in the Word of God.

Proverbs 22:9 ESV Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV    You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV   Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Missionary Amy Carmichael, who saved many children  from a life of slavery, wrote a little booklet called “If”, 2012 and she shares in the the front how “If”came to be written.

“One evening a fellow-worker brought me a problem about a younger one who was missing the way of Love.  This led to a wakeful night, for the word at such times is always, “Lord, is it I?  Have I failed her anywhere?  What do I know of Calvary Love?    And then sentence by sentence the “If’s” came, almost as if spoken aloud to the inner ear.

The next morning they were shared with another (for they had been written down in pencil in the night), and then a few others shared.  After this one copies were printed on our little handpress for the Fellowship only; and that led to this booklet.

At first when it was asked for, we felt, “no, it is far too private for that.” But if it can help any to understand what the life of love means and to live that life, them it is not ours to refuse.”

This would be a great book for you to purchase for yourself to glean A few excerpts….

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an inpatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love  — For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even on drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted (p.13).

If I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another,

and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love (p.10).

If I have not compassion on my fellow-servant even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love(p. 7).

If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points;  if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting “ Who made thee differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?”    Then I know nothing of Calvary love (p. 7).

If my interest in the work of others is cool; if I think in terms of my own special work; if the burdens of others are not my burdens too and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love (p. 16).

Jon Swanson calls himself “St. John of the Mall”. 

He posted Friday on Facebook “Jesus suggests that helping someone in need is Just like helping Him.  During this Month of Advent look at a person, you know as if they are Jesus.”