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.”

July 30, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

SACRED TEARS OF JOY

By Nathan Shipley Pierpont, copyright 1993

“I started writing this on Wednesday, the day after Elisabeth was born and managed to finish by Sunday in time for her first church service.Those of you who have experienced it know what I felt when I discovered the most natural love in the world, the love of your own child.”

Lissy’s Song

Look into those eyes, touch those tiny hands.

Her precious smile can lift a weight more than her daddy can.

As I hold her in my arms at night  and stand to pace the floor,

I look outside with tear-stained eyes and thank my gracious Lord.

“Sweetheart, Why are you crying?” I asked my wife to say.

It seemed so strange to see her tears on our little girl’s second day.

But she looked up with a smile and wiped the teardrops from her eyes,

And said, “The only tears I’ve shed today have been sacred tears of joy.

“I don’t know how to explain it.” my brother said one day,

“The feeling I get when I see them smile or sit and watch them play.

Or when daddy comes through the door at and night,

To hear them laugh and scream with delight,

I guess you”ll have to find out for yourself.”

They always said, there is nothing like it, now I know it’s true.

The sound of your sigh, the smell of your blanket, your heartwarming coo.

They always said there is nothing like it, now I know it’s true.

I could not see how I could love you much more than I do.

Oh, she’s Daddy’s girl, and Momma’s pride and joy.

Yet, sometimes I find I take the time to pray for someone’s little boy.

‘Cause it may be that God can see somewhere in this world

A little boy who will someday come and take the hand of Daddy’s little girl.

So guide his feet and save his soul, and protect him from this wicked world.

’Til the day he comes and wins the heart of Daddy’s little girl.

[Chorus]

And I look up in the sky at night and thank the Father of all that’s right

‘Cause Jesus heard your daddy’s prayer and gave me one like you

Jesus heard Mom and Daddy’s prayers and gave us one like you.

July 16, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

July 16, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Occasionally I like to share from 300 Words

by Jon Swanson

(Nancy Kies Swanson’s husband – our Tom Kies’ son-in-law).

 

Asking for Wisdom.

July 3, 2017 Bible reading Jon Swanson

Here’s what James might have been saying in James 5:5-8:

 

James 5:5-8 (KJV)  5. Ye have lived in pleasure on 

the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.  6. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.  7. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.  8. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.“If anyone lacks wisdom, go ahead, ask God. Not for the answer but for the insight to weigh the answers, the capacity to decide. As my brother, our Savior, Jesus said, ‘ask and you will receive.” What I’ve discovered every time I’ve asked, is that God doesn’t scold me for asking. He doesn’t hold out on me or tease me. He simply gives wisdom.

Sometimes it’s in the next conversation I have. Sometimes it’s the next thought that comes to mind, an idea that I have neverhad before. Sometimes it’s like walking into a clearing in the woods and being able to think more clearly, to not be beset by the press of the trees. And in that moment of brightness, I can make a better choice.

“But If I don’t quiet myself to listen, if I ask and then keep running around asking everyone else. Or if I keep filling my mind with noise. Or if I keep pushing back from the table because I’m afraid of what I will hear, I get nothing.

“And here’s the thing. If I don’t pay attention, it’s gone. If I don’t move on that insight, if I don’t make a decision and follow through, if I linger in the space of being of two minds, I’m in trouble. Not ‘God will hate me’ trouble. But stuck trouble. Paralyzed trouble. Unable to move forward or backward trouble. I’ve never heard it said this way but it’s like being double-souled.”

After thinking about the confidence that James expresses about asking for wisdom, I have a challenge for us. What if we agreed, you and I, for the next week, to ask for wisdom and then act.

I don’t know your chaos, you don’t know mine. But we could try it for a few days. To get up in the morning, pour a cup of coffee and say, “I lack wisdom. I’m struggling to make choices. I’m asking.”

 

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD

is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge

of the Holy One

is understanding.

July 9, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us

One Christmas Eve, Ira D. Sankey was traveling by steamboat up the Delaware River.

Asked to sing, Mr. Sankey sang the Shepherd Song. After the song was ended, a man with a rough, weather-beaten face came up to Mr. Sankey and said: “Did you ever serve in the Union Army?”

“Yes,” answered Mr. Sankey, in the spring of 1860.

“Can you remember if you were doing picket duty on a bright, moonlit night in 1862?”

“Yes,” answered Mr. Sankey, very much surprised.

“So did I,” said the stranger, “but I was serving in the Confederate army. When I saw you standing at your post I said to myself: ‘That fellow will never get away from here alive.’ I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you.”

“At that instant,” continued the singing, “ just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes to heaven and began to sing. Music, especially song, has always had a wonderful power over me, and I took my finger off the trigger. ‘Let him sing his song to the end,’ I said to myself. ‘I can shoot him afterward. He’s my victim at all events, and my bullet cannot miss him.’”

The singer continued: “But the song you sang then was the song you sang just now. I heard the words perfectly:

          

  “We are Thine, do Thou befriend us.  Be the guardian of our way.”

“Those words stirred up many memories in my heart. I began to think of my childhood and my God-fearing mother. She had many, many times sung that song to me. But she died all too soon, otherwise much in my life would no doubt have been different.

“When you had finished your song it was impossible for me to take aim at you again. I thought: ‘The Lord who is able to save that man from certain death must surely be great and mighty’ and my arm of its own accord dropped limp at my side.”

Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us

1. Saviour, like a shepherd lead us;

Much we need thy tender care;

In thy pleasant pastures feed us;

For our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou has bought us thou we are.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou has bought us thou we are.

2.  We are Thine, do Thou befriend us,

Be the Guardian of our way;

Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,

Seek us when we go astray:

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear Thy children when they pray;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear Thy children when they pray.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful tho’ we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee.

4. Early let us seek thy favor,

Early let us learn thy will;

Do thou, Lord, our only Saviour,

With thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

July 2, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

A SPECIAL 4TH OF JULY

In the summer of 1954 the plant closed where my dad worked and  a co-worker and Christian friend at our church in Dowagiac, MI, gave my dad a lead to a job in Evanston, IL where they both got a job. This was a big move for me since the Evanston Township High  School was bigger than our small town.  It was a big adjustment for me though I loved the school and especially liked the Home Ec. program and the Art classes.   I was overwhelmed with the size. The church we attended did not have any girls and there were five boys in my Sunday School class and I was pretty shy.

At the beginning of summer in1955 my mother and I were heading out to go shopping together. I was going to be seventeen in August.  She knew I had a desire to honor the Lord with my life.  I was having a lot of back problems and I was looking for a full-time job and had decided to quit school and leave my part time job at Kresge’s.  I had found an office job, but when I gave my notice to my boss at Kresge’s he offered me a full-time job in the office. I attended a youth Bible Study with a Christian  girl l met at school and I did not really know any Christian boys, so I did not date.  A young man from the youth group of our former church in Dowagiac, MI  corresponded with me some and occasionally his parents would make the drive to see us on the weekend so that he and I could see one another. I decided to write to him and explained that I did not feel right about them making that trip, because I knew my feelings for him were not serious and I did not want to lead him on nor offend his parents.. When my mother inquired about it I told her I did not know how it would work out,  but  I thought the Lord was calling  me to ministry, possibly a pastor’s wife.  She said she would be praying with me concerning the future.

Our friends who gave my dad the job lead invited us to their Sunday School picnic on the fourth of July which totally changed the course of my life. It has always been such a joyful remembrance time for me. 

Pastor and I met at that picnic of a church in Deerfield IL where neither of us were members.  He was stationed at the Glenview Navel Air Station and was from Newark, OH. 

Though at the time I had no idea how the Lord would fulfill my dream of serving Him as a pastor’s wife, this day was the beginning of that plan. Less than a year passed and my parents ended up back in the same area that we had always lived and a  few years later my sister married that boy from our home church.

Yes, Our American heritage is important, but so is our personal spiritual heritage as a believer and as a family. Why not take some time this week to write down the spiritual heritage of your family?

“That they might set their hope in God,

and not forget the works of God,

but keep His commandments.” Psalms 78:7

This is a song I have sung many times It is my 4th of July tribute.

The Cross Is My Statue of Liberty 

Neil Enloe

In New York Harbor stands a lady,

With a torch raised to the sky;

And all who see her know she stands for,

Liberty for you and me.

I’m so proud to be called an American,

To be named with the brave and the free;

I will honor our flag and our trust in God,

And the Statue of Liberty.

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross, 

With my Lord raised to the sky;

And all who kneel there live forever,

As all the saved can testify.

I’m so glad to be called a Christian,

To be named with the ransomed and whole;

As the statue liberates the citizen,

So the cross liberates the soul.

Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty,

It was there that my soul was set free;

Unashamed I’ll proclaim that a rugged cross,

Is my Statue of Liberty!

June 25, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

June 25, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Big Changes, All Good               

Greetings Family and Friends,

1. God sold our house! In preparation for transitioning to ministry at Camp Barakel, we listed our house for sale recently and in six days had a buyer.  We wanted to list the house in the spring thinking that this was a good time to sell a house in Mount Pleasant. But as we often do, we under-estimated what God can and would do. We praise the Lord for the quick sale of the house and believe this is the Lord providing for us. We praise Him!

2. We closed the sale of the house on Thursday, June 15 and on the next day, with much help from our family and church family, we loaded almost all of our belongings into the Camp Barakel semi truck and trailer. I got to use my new CDL to drive that beast – what fun! God safely saw me to Barakel by 3 PM last Friday the 16th to unload into storage at Barakel and with many helpers, at camp, the truck was unloaded with our belongings stored in two hours! I was on the road and arrived at our new temporary home in Remus, Michigan by 8:20 PM. We were done a day early. There was rain. But not until we were done loading or unloading each time. Once again God provided, giving gracious helpers and good weather.

3. Speaking of our new temporary home. We have been enjoying another provision from God. Chippewa Hills Baptist Church in Remus, Michigan,  west of Mount Pleasant, makes their parsonage available to missionaries for the cost of utilities. They are letting us stay there as long as we need to. Another provision from God!

4. Yes, God sold our house. God provided safety and help to move and a place to store our belongings at camp. And God provided a temporary place to live and at greatly reduced cost. All of this has given us the opportunity to now begin receiving the 69% support that has already been committed to us. And because of this we believed it was time for me to tender my resignation here at First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan effective August 1. This we believe will allow us to devote ourselves more fully to reaching 100% of our support need. And as soon as we are fully supported we will be able to move to Barakel and begin the work there.

We hope you will praise God with us over all these blessings, big changes and new opportunities. We are praying that we can share with you soon that God is bringing more support. We are so grateful for your prayers, encouragement and for your financial support.

We also want to pray for you. If there’s anything we can take to the Lord on your behalf we would be honored to do so. We have a mighty, prayer answering God!   

When you think of them pray for the boys as Jacob and Nicholas are volunteering all summer at Barakel.

Kevin A. Pierpont,  Camp Barakel Resident Missionary Staff Appointee

June 18, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….                    Pastor’s Help Mate

National Center for Fathering associated with

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

The father absence crisis in America is real. When we talk about father absence, we mention the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistic that 24 million children—one out of three—live without their dad in the home

Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers.

In 2007, 52 percent of prisoners were parents. This amounts to 1.1 million absent fathers and 120,000 absent mothers—impacting 2.7 million children—within the prison system alone. That’s more prison-induced, single-parent children than three times the population of San Francisco.

More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father.  Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.

Prison Ministry

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may rest assured He has a plan for their life after they are released or even if they are in prison for life, and it is a good plan to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may not be bitter toward anyone who played a part in their incarceration (friends, family, law enforcement, judicial, the administration of the prison or correctional officers).

The answer to this is not more prisons.  It is not locking people up and “throwing away the key.”  It is not even the death penalty, as studies have shown that even this does not effectively deter crime.  The answer is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the demonstration of power!

Prisoners need regeneration not rehabilitation–and Jesus has commissioned His followers to reach beyond the barbed wire fences and steel bars to touch the lives of men and women bound by the shackles of sin.

The mandate for prison ministry is clear in God’s Word, both by scripture and example.

SCRIPTURE: The greatest scriptural mandate for prison ministry is given in Matthew 25:31-40.  Jesus said: `…..for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  `I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

EXAMPLE:

Jesus Christ Himself is our example for prison ministry.  One of the main targets of Christ’s ministry was prisoners: To open blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.  (Isaiah 42:7)

Jesus declared: “eThe spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”. . .  (Isaiah 61:1)

Even while dying on Calvary’s cross, Jesus took time to reach out in love and concern to a prisoner.   As a result, that convicted criminal experienced God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. During the time between His death and resurrection, we are told that Jesus ” . . . went and preached to the spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:19).

Unfortunately, despite the clear Biblical injunction and Christ’s example to minister to prisoners, many believers prefer to pass by on the other side of the street, as did the religious leaders in the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:29-37).

June 11, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

A STRONG FAITH?

For over sixty-one years I have taught children and young people in Sunday school,  many years teaching school, working with children, parents, and people in our ministries and various jobs. These experiences have caused me to desire to study counseling for many years. But even with all the studies of all the different techniques and theories about counseling, coaching, and psychology, I always have been drawn back to the Word of God and the fact that God’s Word has the answer to every problem mankind has or will ever experience.

When I taught Sunday School I always liked to help children understand faith by using the example of sitting in a chair.  I would place a chair in the center of the room and ask for a volunteer to come to sit in the chair.   Of course, children love an opportunity to participate in things, especially if it is easy and they are confident that they can do it without embarrassment or failure.

Little Joey, who was usually the first to volunteer to help, raised his hand grinning from ear to ear, and when I nodded permission, he jumped up from his place and hurried over to the chair and plopped himself into the seat and put his little feet up on the rungs and smiled confidently.

I thanked him for helping me and motioned for him to return to his seat and I  set about to reenact for the others what this brave child, did not do.

I pointed out to the other children that Joey didn’t tip-toe over to the chair quietly, cautiously, with fear that it would snap at him, or reach out and grab at him or harm him. He did not reach out slowly to make sure that it was not hot, wet, or rough,  which might cause him to ruin his clothes or get slivers in his fingers.   Joey did not turn the chair over to see if all the screws were tight or even take hold of the chair to test it first.  He also did not keep getting up and shake or recheck the chair to make sure it would continue to hold his weight.

In a humble way, this illustration describes faith. When we believe God, and take Him at his Word and accept Him into our lives as individuals, we need to trust Him to take care of us and we need not be fearful.

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge  him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Perhaps your faith is weak because you are not faithful. The Word of God says, “Faith without works is dead.”   James 2:14-26  Study this passage,  this week.

Little Joey, raised his hand and volunteered, because he was on familiar ground, had sat in many of the chairs and was a frequent volunteer.   What are you doing to cause you to be more involved in serving your Saviour?  Have you experienced the JOY of serving Jesus? A strong faith comes through serving.  Ask pastor for a job.

Ephesians 2:8  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 

Faith is just believing

what God says

He will do;

He will never fail us;

His promises are true.

If we but receive Him,

His children we become;

Faith is just believing this wondrous thing is done.

 

W. B. Liggett – 1947

June 4, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

June 4, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Holiness?   JOY!

What do you think of when you think of holiness? Perhaps joyless, uptight, quiet, or even austere.   Perhaps you might even think that a person is no fun, otherworldly or untouchable, distant and cold in manner.  Is the idea of being holy, a burden to you?

Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

When you say to someone that you are praying for them, do they feel you are insinuating that you are holier than they or that you want them to be like you? 

Perhaps it is because you have experienced the joy of holiness and want them to have that same peace  and gladness in their hearts. That you too have struggled with sin and indeed you are not ‘holier than thou’, but that you have indeed experienced God’s wonderful grace (unmerited favor), something you did not deserve.

The world wants us to believe that joy can be found in indulging in impurity and staying clear of righteousness.  Quite to the contrary, the real joy comes from a deep desire and determination to stay as far from sin as you can. Sin will drag you down and steal the wonderful peace and joy that is available to you in Christ.

As a born again child of God, He wants you to enjoy the sweetness of holiness as you walk with your heavenly Father and as you enjoy His presence in your life. Rejoice in the fact that He has shown you mercy and as you submit to Him he will give you clean hands and a pure heart and a clear conscience as you stand before the Lord unashamed.

“The awesome holiness of God that put Isaiah on his face  (Is. 6) becomes the holiness of God that puts the people of God on their feet — with hands raised in joyful praise. (Isaiah 126)    We do live in holy fear, but we don’t live facedown in the temple. We fear God in a way that leads us to raise our hands in joyful praise and glad confidence.”             -Tony Reinke.    desiringgod.org 

Why do we choose guilt over JOY?    Let us stand tall and love what God loves.

Is. 35:10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.