May 28, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Remembrance

The darkness of sorrow and grief and serious health issues

has come recently to some of our dear loved ones

in our church and families.

JIM FORD Member 5/6/2017

MAUDE GREEK  Member  5/8/2017

NAOMI GIEHL  Grandmother of Jennifer Pierpont 5/17/17

GLENN HARRIS-Husband Of Niece Beth Pierpont Harris’ 5/22/17

Joni Eareckson Tada reminds us in her devotional A Spectacle of Glory,  to ask the Lord to fill us daily with Himself so people who encounter us will see glimpses of Him, hear His kind, grace-filled words; and even catch His fragrance. She noted this poem in Mrs. Charles Lettie Cowman’s  “Streams in the Desert”, 1925, Zondervan. p.313. 

On February 1, 1901, the Cowmans left the United States to work as missionaries in Japan.  Charles was also one of the co-founders of The Oriental Missionary Society. Charles died in September 1924. After his death, Lettie found a note addressed to her in his Bible, stating, “Go on with my unfinished task.  After Charles’ death, OMS’ work continued with co-founder E.A. Kilbourne as the organization’s second President. Lettie continued serving with OMS as one of the co-founders. When Kilbourne died four years after Charles, Lettie became the third President of OMS, the sending mission board of our dear Marilyn Wykes.

Oh, give thy servant patience to be still,

And bear Thy will;

Courage to venture wholly on the arm

That will not harm,

The wisdom that will never let me stray

Out of my way;

The love that, now afflicting, knowest best

When I should rest.

Have you considered who is going to take the place of those who are not able? God wants us to lift up our eyes to Him and honor Him as we take up the cross and follow Him.  Also, as others take up the task that some of us once did, they deserve to see a better more joyous spirit in us as we continue to rejoice in the LORD and remember that we are so blessed, that we can still pray for those who do the work of the Lord.    Let us rejoice together!     What is your life?

May 21, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate

Helpful with someone in need, in person, on the phone.

The “one anothers” of Scripture with references that may be helpful as you pray with someone, on messenger or chatting.

a. Greet one another (Rom. 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:21, 2 Cor. 13:12) 

b. Comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:18)

c. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13)

d. Build one another up (Rom. 15:2; 1 Thess. 5:11)

e. Serve one another (Gal. 5:13)

f. Bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)

g. Encourage one another (Heb. 10:25)

h. Meet with one another (Heb. 10:25)

i. Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving toward one another (Eph. 4:32, Rom. 12:10)

j. Receive (welcome) one another as Christ received us (Rom. 15:7)

k. Care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)

l. Minister one to another (1 Pet. 4:10)

m. Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Taken from Nancy DeMoss’s “True Woman 2012 “ Notes.

May 14, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate

FIVE SPECIAL LADIES IN MY LIFE

Charlotte Celeste (Burch) Shipley       

Worked hard… bore three children and when she was no longer able to bear her own she took in three abandoned little foster children for two years,   and  when i was in high school my parents adopted my brother Jim.   She made bloomers for Sue and me with feed sacks, also called gunnysacks, when we were small. She held many jobs to help make ends meet. She and my dad took care of the children’s nursery of Grace Baptist in South Bend, she  taught Bible Studies, Called on many in the nursing homes and hospitals. She was the Chiffon Cake Baking Queen and everyone wanted her to cut their cake for special celebrations, made the richest chocolate fudge and cheese cake and her chop suey  was to die for. She always liked the table set and served a balanced meal  right down to the last meal before the Lord took her home.

Grace Geraldine (Sasser) Pierpont… 3 children,   worked at the Farmer’s market, home maker, pastor’s wife, S.S. Teacher.  When ever they came to visit us while Ken was attending college and seminary they would bring groceries, clothing for the children and what ever else they thought we might need.   In the years she lived with us after Ken’s dad went to heaven she helped around the house in every way she could to make my burden lighter and was a blessing to have in our home.

Mrs. Mary Robbins, for five important years was  my pastor’s wife, one of my Sunday School teachers, lyric soprano, and mentor.  While I was  in Jr. High we lived a half block away and she would come to our house or we would go to hers and my mother would french braid her hair for her.  She was the teacher who shared the story of the little lady who took her prayers in a basket to the alter at the church and took each one out and as she prayed put them on the altar and when she was finished she picked each one up and placed them back in the basket.   Then she reminded us the importance of leaving our burden with the Lord.  I never forgot that.

My Paternal Grandmother, Grace Shipley had two children and  my grandfather left her when  my father was nine and  she worked full time  at Clark Equipment until her retirement. She did not drive so she walked to work every day. She raised my father and Aunt Wilma alone.  She attended church on Sunday and Wednesday night faithfully. She gave each of us children a brand new bicycle  for our birthdays one year.. She got a 12 bass accordion and let me have it until I “left home”.  She was a faithful Christian lady and raised her children for Him and was an example of Christian grace.  I also believe she spent may hours in prayer for our family.

My Aunt Wilma  Paul, was my dad’s sister and I alway loved getting to see her and the family at thanksgiving and Christmas and other special times. She was was very prim and attractive. She was my long distant mentor.   She sang, played the accordion and piano, led choirs,  crochet and knit.  She was a fine Christian Pastor’s wife and mother of my two cousins. 

Prov. 31:28

“Her children arise up,

and call her blessed;

her husband also,

and he praiseth her.

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

THANK YOU!

What does ‘thank you’ mean.

I found this thought in an article from Joni Eareckson Tada’s devotion for April 11, 2017.

Thank You, in English: ~ a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift,  or service. In Spanish:  much as gracious ~ is like saying “you have shown me much grace. In French: you would say _ merci or mercy, so in France, it  is like saying “you have shown me mercy”

What is the difference between grace and mercy?

Grace and mercy have their origins in God, the very essence of gratitude.

Grace or favor are not earned by the things we do, nor do we deserve them: They are the work of God’s goodness. Mercy is doing something for someone in need for which he cannot help himself. Grace is out of love and compassion. Something not deserved nor earned.

We are broken because of our own sinful choices, and we’re impacted by the foolish choices of others.

Thank God, there is hope.  He is our helper. He understands He cares, and He is able to help. He’s able to save and restore broken lives.   We can be  God’s instruments to help others. Even if you don’t have an official title, you can still serve others.

In fact, as Christ’s children, we are all called to serve those around us. In order to do that, we need a heart to help and the means to help.

But we don’t have either of those on our own without God’s grace. He has provided the necessary resources we need to effectively help others. His resources are limitless— specifically, “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”  Serving other women,  your husband, and your families is not an easy task —it’s demanding and requires patience. and love.  But God can transform lives. He can take ashes and make a work of beauty for His glory.

As you serve the women,  husband or the children in your life, remember that God is active, alive, and at work helping you help women, that Christ might be formed in them for His glory and the display of His grace. The Great High Priest, who daily offers “… mercy IMPORTTAand… grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16)

IMPORTANT SCRIPTURES TO CONSIDER:

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. Colossians 1:3

May the Lord reward you for your kindness. Ruth 1:8

May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. Ruth 2:12

May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. 2 Samuel 2:6

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

There is A Green Hill Far Away

Cecil Frances Alexander was just twenty-five when she published her Hymns for Little Children [1848]. The hymnal also contained other well-known hymns, among them, All things bright and beautiful and Once in Royal David’s City, written to celebrate the credal statements, Creator of heaven and earth and born of the Virgin Mary.

Two years after the publication she married the Rev. William Alexander. He was six years her junior and her husband later became Bishop of Derry and Archbishop of Armagh.  Her poetical works were much admired and came to the attention of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The composer Charles Gounod once remarked that There is a green hill was ‘the most perfect hymn in the English language because of its charming simplicity…. the lyrics seemed to set themselves to music.’ She is rightly regarded as one of the greatest of British women hymn writers.

Professor A. H. Hunter, once wrote, ‘It was given to an Irish woman, in a hymn she wrote for little children, to express better than many a learned tome, the purpose, the necessity and the challenge of that sacrifice which has in principle redeemed our prodigal race.’ The hymn ends with a call for us to ‘love as he has loved us.

Mrs. Alexander devoted her life to Christian education, to the care of the young and the poor. All the profits from the sale of her writings were donated to a home for deaf children.

There is A Green Hill Far Away

1. There is a green hill far away,

Without a city wall,

Where the dear Lord was crucified,

Who died to save us all.

2. We may not know, we cannot tell,

What pains he had to bear,

But we believe it was for us

He hung and suffered there.

3. There was no other good enough

To pay the price of sin.

He only could unlock the gate

Of heav’n and let us in.

4. Oh, dearly, dearly has he loved!

And we must love him too,

And trust in his redeeming blood,

And try his works to do.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895  Music: John H. Gower, 1855-1922

http://www.oystermouthparish.com/Lyrics

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

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

Pleasing God in Our Struggles and Trials

There are so many who are far more qualified than I am to talk about this, multitudes who have pleased God through suffering in ways I can’t even fathom, but I would like to share with you just a few  ways I have seen others please God, on their sickbed or in their disability:

Your desire to please God pleases Him. Unbelievers have no desire to please Him. His delight is when you have trusted in Him alone,  as your Saviour and Lord, and only if your desire is to glorify and please Him. What parent wouldn’t be delighted to hear their child say, “Mom, I just want to please you and make you happy”? Even your desire to bring pleasure to Jesus fills Him with pleasure and joy.  Hoping in God pleases Him. Even if you’re seeing a doctor or taking medicine, ultimately your hope is in Jesus to heal and help you, and that honors Him.

Let me Quote a few who have written on thus subject:

Joni Eareckson Tada: 

  • “If you had never known physical pain in your life, how could you appreciate the nail scarred hands with which Jesus Christ will meet you?”
  • “I’d rather be in this wheelchair knowing God than on my feet without Him.”
  • “I’m so glad God’s “no” answer to a prayer for healing has meant a more urgent leaning upon Him every day, a more vibrant hope of heaven, a deeper sense of prayer, a more energetic love for His Word. It’s fostered my friendships, and deepened my concern and compassion for others who hurt.
  • It’s helped me start this ministry, Joni & Friends, to other people with disabilities.”

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17 KJV)

God Never Wastes Your Pain

Kimberly Wagner: |n “Struggles & Suffering”,  from Revive Our Hearts says:

“Doing everything to God’s glory – even small and seemingly insignificant things.”

If it’s taking a pill, or simply lying on your back, if that’s where Jesus has you, then you can do it for his glory.

This is what He can do with your pain:

  • Show you more of Himself than you’ve yet seen
  • Train you in righteousness
  • Increase your faith and dependence on Him
  • Allow others to see His sustaining grace as you trust and obey
  • Conform you to Christ’s image
  • Use you to bring comfort and inspiration to others.”

Warren W. Wiersbe said, “When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God, but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life. Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get life’s dimensions adjusted again”

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

PART TWO – HELEN BARTH

Helen was on  Aunt Theresa’s KYB (Know Your Bible) Club program, which was aired every Sunday on WMBI, Helen became known to children all over the greater Chicago area as “The Singing Lady”.  Throughout her years as a gospel singer, Helen was best known for her signature song, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” and “Constantly Abiding” and “He Giveth More Grace.”

Though Helen loved to sing, she was first and foremost a loving wife to her husband and a wonderful mother to her three children. She served joyfully, for almost forty-five years, alongside her husband, first as a pastor’s wife in Dowagiac and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and also in Chicago, IL.

In 1946, at the invitation of Alfred B. Smith, she began making gospel recordings.  Her 22 LP albums, which included four children’s records, have had a worldwide ministry.  On two occasions, the National Evangelical Film Foundation bestowed Christian Oscars on Helen for having been chosen the “Best Woman Gospel Singer” and for producing the “Best Children’s Album”.

From 1950 to 1955, Helen served with her husband overseas under the auspices of Youth for Christ International as a missionary to Germany. Throughout the 1960’s and into the 1980’s, Helen and her husband served the Lord together in an itinerant evangelistic ministry.  Her lovely voice and sincere interpretation of hymns and Gospel songs caused her to be much in demand as a soloist at sacred concerts, city-wide crusades, Bible Conferences, and local churches across the United States.

In 1997, Helen and her husband moved to Bristol, IN, to be closer to their daughter and granddaughters. Three years later, at the age of 81, Helen was crowned the 2000 Senior Fair Queen at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair!  There she had the opportunity to sing, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, on Senior Citizen’s Day.

This wonderful experience as the Elkhart County Senior Fair Queen opened the door for her to travel and sing once again throughout the Midwest, East, and as far as the southern tip of Florida, with her daughter and granddaughters.  Together they were known as “The King’s Daughters”, three generations united in heart and harmony ministering in church services, Mother-Daughter banquets, sacred and holiday concerts, as well as in retirement homes and nursing homes.  Her final concert with her family was a Christmas Concert given at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Helen’s beautiful voice can still be heard daily over the local BBN (Bible Broadcasting Network) station, at 89.9 on the radio dial as well as on YouTube.  Helen dearly loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her highest goal in life was to bring Him glory and point others to His saving grace through her life and music.

Helen McAlerney Barth, of Bristol, IN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the age of 98, at Goshen Indiana.

Indeed she did that.   Ps.100:1    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands……

March 19, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

March 19, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   

Our son Ken posted this quote on his FaceBook a few weeks ago.

“Spending this quiet evening with an old friend, Fred Craddock.”

I was curious who that was and did a google search on my computer.  Fred Craddock was Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church from rural Tennessee. Disciples of Christ. Fred  Craddock, was called a ‘preaching genius’, He died at 86 in 2015.  He had a way of saying the most profound things like this nugget:

“I know I need to be scolded. I need to be corrected. I need to be instructed and exhorted and I need to be called to repentance. But I also need for you, the preacher, to take me by the hand and let me walk off the size of my inheritance as a child of God. I need every now and then to run my fingers through the unsearchable riches of the treasury of God’s grace, sing the doxology, and go home.”

I know personally, that I love to be in church. I don’t like to look at the clock or think about the time. I like to apply the words of the songs to myself.  I love the fellowship of my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.  I love to hear the Word of God preached.  I love to pray for the pastor and the musicians and the congregation for the filling of the Holy Spirit during the service.

But on the other hand, I also do not want to be guilty of just being a sponge. Let me ask you, Are you doing your part to make it possible for someone else to be in the service?  Have you offered to bring them to church and take them out to lunch after church? Are you thinking or praying for someone that you know needs to be in church?  Have you ever prayed during the service  that someone will put their trust in Christ or perhaps someone will renew their walk with Christ?  Would you come forward with them?   What do you do each week to pray, invite, or encourage others to come to Christ?

This is the real reason we need to be in church.  Not just to soak it in, but to share it with others who need Christ in their lives.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

March 12, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

PERFECT PEACE

Devotional by Tom Simcox of “Friends of Israel Today”,  February 22, 2017

I’ve heard the word peace since I was a child. I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s, and the desire for peace figured prominently into the psyche of that generation. Peace symbols were everywhere: on pants, jackets, signs, and posters, to name a few. Even song lyrics and television commercials spoke of peace.

Yet, like today, there was little peace in the world. There were riots on our college campuses, demonstrations at our nation’s capital; racial tension plagued America. Many prominent political and social leaders were murdered. Sounds like today. Our world desperately craved peace, begged for it, and sang about it. But what everyone claimed to desire the most is still noticeably absent from the world—and from most lives.

The prophet Isaiah lived in the late eighth century BC, before the birth of Jesus. His message was true when he recorded it; it was true in the ’60s; and it is still powerful and true today: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you” (Isa. 26:3).

The Hebrew word for “peace” here is shalom. It is the traditional greeting for hello and goodbye in Israel. The Lord, the God of Israel, is telling the world peace can only come from one source: Him. “You [God] will keep him [anyone who trusts in the Lord through a personal relationship with Him] in perfect peace.” How does such peace occur? If our minds are “stayed on” Him (completely resting and firmly trusting the Lord, without reservation). We obtain peace by focusing on the Lord.

The world is looking for peace, but it’s looking in all the wrong places. What we need is simply to turn toward the one true God and to trust in Him, as small children trust their parents.

When my youngest daughter was a toddler, she would often greet me as I walked in the door, shouting, “Daddy!” Then she’d jump off the stairs into my arms, fully expecting I would catch her. She trusted that her daddy would not drop her or let her get hurt.

As adults, we take a seat without questioning if the chair will hold us. It’s a chair; it’s designed to hold people. So we sit. We trust the chair. We need to trust in the Lord with our hopes, our dreams, our families, our future, our lives. Only then will we have shalom, the peace we so desperately long for.

ARE YOU TRUSTING HIM!

March 5, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

March 5, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

The other day while I was surfing through FB I saw a familiar name which I had not seen or heard of for over 28 years…. Hockenberry is not really that common. So I clicked on that name so that I could look at the names of her friends hoping to see the name I was thinking of.  Sure enough, there it was, Carrie Hockenberry.

When we were ministering at the Maple Grove Bible Church in  Marshall and renting a  house on Exchange Street. Ken was the pastor, and working in the Christian school and I had a small ad in the local shopper and was taking in sewing and alterations.

Ken’s mother was struggling with serious health issues and we prayed much about how we could help her from Michigan.  We made the decision for me to go and stay with her and help her where she lived in a small assisted-living village.   So I would go stay with her when she had surgery and Ken continued at the church.  Every few weeks he would come and I would be in Marshall for a week or two and then I would go to be with Mother in Newark.

After a while, I realized that I could also run an ad in Newark and take sewing there while helping Mother Pierpont.  So when I was in Newark, Ken would take the number of people who called about sewing and I would return their call and arrange to do their sewing. While I was in Marshall, Mother would answer the phone for my ad while I was away and I would call them and arrange appointments with them. I even managed to make dresses for a wedding party while running back and forth.

While with Mother, we attended the Newark Baptist Temple and just two weeks before school opening in the fall they asked for prayer about their need for two teachers for grades one and six. Immediately I thought if Ken and I could do that we could move to Newark and help Mother.   To make a long story short we were hired, Ken resigned from Maple Grove and we rented a house with Mother in Heath, near the school.  I had twenty-seven children in my first-grade class and loved every minute of it.  After a few months, Ken also accepted a call to pastor the Maple Ave Christian Union Church there in his hometown of Newark. It was amazing how the Lord was providing for us and for Mother’s needs.

One morning, during the devotions with my class, fourteen children responded to my invitation to receive Christ as their personal Saviour.

Carrie Hockenberry was one of the students, who at Christmas, time gave me a cute little basket that she and her mother had made for me.  It had little lambs painted on the side.  I  put her name and date on the bottom and have used it for many years. As I do with ornaments on our tree, I have the practice of breathing a prayer for each gift giver, that Christ will be glorified in their lives. She studied at the Nazarene College, in Mt. Vernon, OH.  and is married with two children and is a school teacher at Licking Valley Schools there.

Praise the Lord. This is such a JOY to my Heart.

Jeremiah 29:11 11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.