January 1, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …  PASTOR’S HELP MATE

January 1, 2017 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … PASTOR’S HELP MATE

MY 2017 CHALLENGE  Motto:

  The Way Up…  is Down

This new challenge for myself I share from  the chapter Bend Your Knees!  in the Ann Graham Lotz book, I SAW THE LORD….. 2006

But does it matter whether we sit, stand, or kneel to pray? Of course not, there are people who physically cannot do that.…Joni Earekson Tada  who is wheelchair bound….

A soldier who lost his legs…. even his arms…It is most importantly,  our heart attitude,  a person bedridden can utter a prayer even though he or she cannot speak aloud.

Why kneel,  in your heart?

It is an attitude of humility in your heart and mind and your trust in the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for us.

Ephesians 3:14

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2017 Song:  Give Me Jesus

 by Jermey Camps

Give Me Jesus
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I am alone
When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
Jesus
Give me Jesus
When I come to die
When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu2E2FUcIiE&list=PL05B763E33237346C&index=2

Ask yourself each day this year, is there anything holding me back from saying, Give Me Jesus. Then allow Jesus Christ to come into the center of your life. Repent of any unconfessed sin.  Trust Jesus alone as the sacrifice of the Cross for you. Claim Him as Lord, Master, and Teacher: Ruler and King.

December 18, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Once again I would like to share a former post   click on this link to read it..  or

You will also be able to listen if you wish with this link 

December 11 and 18, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

“God never uses a person greatly until

He has wounded him deeply.

The privilege He offers you is greater than the price you have to pay.

The privilege is greater than the price.”

Helen Roseveare

Helen Roseveare 1925 – December 7, 2016)

Helen Roseveare was a famous English missionary to the Congo. This Thursday, Helen passed away at the age of 91.  Helen was born in 1925 at Haileybury College (Hertfordshire, England), where her father taught mathematics.

Raised in a high Anglican church, Helen’s Sunday school teacher once told their class about India, and Helen resolved to herself that she would one day be a missionary. Despite the Christian heritage of her family, and faithful attendance at church, Helen sensed a void in her life and distance from God.

She enrolled in Newnham College at Cambridge University to study medicine. There she joined the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) through the invitation of a fellow student.  She became an active participant in the prayer meetings and Bible studies, reading the New Testament for the first time. It was then that she became a Christian and, later said that her understanding of Christianity was more head knowledge than heart engagement.

Helen was an English Christian missionary, doctor and author. She worked with Worldwide Evangelization Crusade in the Congo from 1953 to 1973, including part of the period of political instability in the early 1960s. She practiced medicine and also trained others in medical work.

In 1953, she went to the Congo, where she was assigned to the north-east provinces. She built a combination hospital/ training center in Ibambi in the early 1950s, then relocated to Nebobongo, living in an old leprosy camp, where she built another hospital. In 1964 she was taken prisoner by rebel forces and she remained a prisoner for five months, enduring beatings and rapes. She survived all of this during the Congolese civil war because of the intervention of the villagers she had helped previously. She left the Congo and headed back to England after her release but returned to the Congo in 1966 to assist in the rebuilding of the nation. She helped establish a new medical school and hospital, as the other hospitals that she built had been destroyed, and served there until she left in 1973.

After her return from Africa, she had a worldwide ministry speaking and writing. Her life of service was portrayed in the 1989 film “Mama Luka Comes Home,” her touching story about the prayer of a 10-year-old African girl, for a hot water bottle to save a premature newborn baby after its mother died.   

Next week we will share that story.

December 4, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

December 4, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

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“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

The mark of an effective church is not how many people come but how many people live differently as a result of having been there.

So back to the question: How Effective is Your Church? No, not your pastor’s church – YOUR church.

How effective are you as a Christian? Forget the size of your church. Have you cooperated with the Spirit of God and the Word of God and seen any consistent spiritual change in your life? The effectiveness of your church will depend on the spiritual change in your life and the lives of the other people in your church.

During this Christmas season let’s consider just the dollars and time spent on getting a tree, decorating, entertainment, and travel in comparison to what money and time we’ve spent on ministry, missionary support, not to mention our regular monetary and physical commitment to the Lord’s work.  All over  many churches struggle for the same reason.  So few heed God’s call to surrender to God’s leading in their personal lives by receiving Christ as their own personal Saviour and Lord, Baptism and church membership, and become a part of the evangelistic outreach of the church.  Do You really believe in Christmas – Christ ’s Birth??

I am not suggesting, that decorating and family traditions are wrong, except when they outweigh the spiritual investment of our money and time to our Lord and Saviour. Over the years there has been a decline in faithful commitment to serving the Lord. People with talent, time and money who only serve God on their own terms rather than a full surrender of every part of their God-given resources and talent. 

Even the things that Christian people are posting on social media, definitely outweigh the most important truths about Christ’s birth and eternal life.

In our 50+ years of ministry we have met hundreds of people looking for a church but after many years of knowing them, they have yet to unite with any church or surrender to the Lord.   Let us each examine our own motives and commitment to the Christ of Christmas.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.  Hebrews 13:

Christ has not changed  – the church has. Ask yourself, “What does the Lord want me to do, that I am not doing to make  His church effective”, then tell the Lord, “I surrender all.” and do it.

As your pastor’s help mate, I do this daily and I am praying for you. Ladies, we need a revival. We need to be standing on tip-toe to serve our wonderful Lord

November 27, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Thanksgiving is past.  You have already had some leftover turkey sandwiches or pot pie. Yes, today some of you may still choose some turkey at our dinner.

But let’s remember that our Thanksgiving should be, an all year around event.

In the morning when I rise, Give me Jesus. You can have all this world but, Give me Jesus.

You can choose to say,In the morning, when I rise, Give Me Jesus.  When I am alone,   Give me Jesus…You can have all this world, Give me Jesus. When I come to die, Give me Jesus.”

Early in your life you can choose as Mrs Ruth Graham did,  you too can choose Christ for you center, your home, your purpose your example and your vision.   

Songwriters: Moses Hogan

Give Me Jesus lyrics © Hal Leonard Corporation

We can all make that choice today.

Psalm 72:18-19   “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things, and blessed be his glorious name forever and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen and Amen.

I Will Praise Him Still

When the morning comes on the farthest hill

I will sing His name, I will praise Him, still.

When dark trials come and my heart is filled

With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him, still.

(Chorus)

For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save

From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,

And He gave us life in His perfect will,

And by His good grace, I will praise Him, still.

Fernando Ortega

Album: This Bright Hour

Released: 1997

Genre: Christian/gospel

Today at our church was Gideon Sunday….

Gideon International  Motto

“Let.s Spread the Good News”              Judges 7

Gideon was a man who was willing to do exactly what God wanted him to do, regardless of his own judgment as to the plans or results. Humility, faith, and obedience were his great elements of character. This is the standard that The Gideons International is trying to establish in all its members, each man to be ready to do God’s will at any time, at any place, and in any way that the Holy Spirit leads.

November 20, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

November 20, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

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Forever Thankful

Being forever thankful,

Is what God wants from us,

Never forgetting from where we came,

Or His boundless, saving love

All of heaven’s blessings

Poured down from heaven’s gates,

Everything we have in life,

He’s given with extra grace

We need to always thank Him

For this, and so much more

Not only for tangible things,

But because He is our Lord

Thanksgiving is the key

For His blessings to increase,

If we’ve not got thankful hearts,

His blessings soon will cease

Don’t ever start complaining

At what you may not have,

Look around at what you see,

Then be thankful and glad

© By M.S.Lowndes

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   1 Thessalonians 5: 18(NKJV)

And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted.”   Isaiah 12: 4(NKJV)

November 13, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

November 13, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

bike-free-vintage-clip-art-images-vintage-tandem-bicycle-clip-art-t9dftg-clipartJim and Melony Evans are moving Tuesday, to Ohio, to  a new ministry. Melony and her dad have worked all week doing all they could to lighten the load while Jim was finishing his last days of work in Lansing. I sat here in my office and prayed for them as I  heard both of them literally running up and down the steps bringing box after box to the garage from the upstairs and the basement.  

I thought of when I taught Children’s ministries, of Paul’s missionary journeys. I felt a tug in my heart as I thought  of the changes that new  ministries bring.

This little story speaks of this Cautious Journey toward real JOY.  I found IT in Juanita Purcell’s,  “Joyous Journeys,   Around the Detours” RBP.

THE BIKE RIDE

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know Him.  But later on when I recognized Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since…  life with Him as LORD, that is. He makes life exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure; and when I’d say, “I’m scared, ” He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey; our journey, my Lord’s and mine.

And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought he’d wreck it. But He knew bike secrets, knew how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high places filled with rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, my Higher Power.

And when I’m sure I can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says, “PEDAL!”

-Author Unknown

Phil.3:14     “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

October 30, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

2013-06-02-08-58-09Fighting Fear…..

Beverly LaHaye (born April 30, 1929) is an American Christian conservative activist and author who founded Concerned Women for America (CWA) in San Diego, California in 1979 and is the organization’s current chair. She was the wife of the late evangelical Christian minister and prolific author of the Left Behind series Timothy LaHaye. They had been married over 60 years.

Their Motto: “Protecting the rights of the family through prayer and action. LaHaye represents the  CWA on family issues at congressional hearings, rallies and seminars throughout the country.  Early  in her ministry she struggled with fear…. One time she relates  how she feared her  husband’s desire to be an airplane pilot,  and after a reasonable time passed,  he challenged her to ask the Lord to take away the fear.  She prayed and reminded the Lord that she felt she was right about her fear of his learning to fly and that she had been praying that he  would change. Then she prayed, “Lord, I’m ready for you to change my heart if that is what needs to be changed.”

She also struggled with the fear of speaking publicly as a young pastor’s wife and after 15  years in  ministry with her  husband their pastor shared

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  Then without trying to spare her feelings, he told her that she was wrapped up with fear  and  a poor self-image, and that it is caused by selfishness.

To make a long story short, Beverly learned the truth of Romans 14:23, “for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.”   God wants us to walk by faith.

We must learn that fear is a sin and we must confess that sin to the Lord and expressing that to Him in prayer is a very significant step in overcoming those fears. 

Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7 above and make it a determined prayer to confess that sin to the Lord. The wonderful consequence of confronting your fears and trusting God to take care of you is such a JOY.   Beverly LaHaye never dreamed when she surrendered her fear of flying to the Lord that God was preparing her for many missionary journeys over the jungles right up to the Nicaraguan border in a little plane with just one engine. 

While flying in a commuter plane with one of their attorneys a turbulent  storm blew up.  As the sky outside grew darker and more ominous that little plane bounced and tossed around in the air. The attorney asked later, I don’t get it.  How could you two sleep so peacefully with that terrible storm going on outside?”     

Fear is sin…… ask God to give you the victory over  whatever sin is besetting you.

October 23, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

October 23, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

karen7-2-20Karen Wilson is a very dear friend of mine on the internet who is deaf and has had many heartaches in her life… but knowing Karen as I do she would not want me to talk about her, but her wonderful Saviour.  I asked her to submit something which I could post this week.

The Fruit of the Spirit        Karen Wilson

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I reach out to You today, help me to be fruitful.

May I show love today, especially to those who are not  loving towards me.

May I show joy from You to others who are hurting inside. Help me to uplift and encourage that person!

May I rest in peace today, amidst a crazy world where wrong seems right and chaos rules. May others be calmed by Your peace in me.

May Your Spirit teach me long-suffering…and to rest in your perfect will for me. Remind me how your timing is always perfect in all circumstances.

May I be gentle and good to all I meet, so that they may see the gentleness and goodness of Christ through my life. And may they realize that it is only through Christ living in us, that the fruit of the Spirit can be revealed to others.

Give me the fruit of meekness, that I will not be easily provoked and that I will have a calm mind to face today’s challenges.

May I have the fruit of faith…to trust in You no matter what, and to rest in knowing that you have all the answers to my questions already worked out. Remind me that You were there in the past, You are here with me now, and You are already in the future, waiting for me there.

Finally, Lord, give me the fruit of temperance that I may live with moderation and self-restraint.

Lord, I pray all these things from my heart and for my life today, knowing that this is only possible when I release my will to Yours and allow Your Spirit to work in me. Amen

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

October 16, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate  

Thank you to  our daughter Melony Pierpont Evans for helping me out this week….

         I want to be healed and I wanted it right now. Why was I having to go through this again? I prayed for healing. I prayed that the Lord would show me mercy by lessening my pain. I begged. I pleaded. I bargained.   I was having another kidney stone.

Why? Was God trying to tell me something I was not hearing or I was I overlooking something?

Maybe you have been there.    Well, after a couple of weeks the pain has left and there are no other indications that the stone is still there. But looking back and thanking God for deliverance made me also wonder, why? Why does God allow suffering? I read some articles about God’s healing. They gave some answers. Sometimes our healing comes immediately. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes healing is eternal. As I was pondering the whole thing again this morning the words came to me as clearly as if God himself had whispered in my ear.   They were the words to the song “Blessings”.

“Blessings” – by Laura Story

We pray for blessings    We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom    Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us   When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart   That this is not our home–

I hope you can be encouraged when you suffer or are part of the suffering of those you love by remembering the words of this song and even more – remember that God loves each of us with divine love. He loves us with a love that has been moving us through this earthly life with His total devotion and protection. He will never allow anything to touch us that has not passed through His son. All suffering has been allowed to prepare us for His work and our eternal home, home with Him. That’s what will make it heaven.