August 20, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …PASTOR’S HELP MATE.

While teaching in Christian schools I liked to have a high standard for each student as they began to learn to write in manuscript.  I am sure that you all remember when you first began learning to form the letters you were expected to copy several lines of the example of the new letter you were learning.   Some of the first attempts of my students to form those letters were not that great, I would praise them for those I could give praise for and not be critical of all the letters but just pick some of the last few the student had written. Because it was common as the student continued,  the letters would begin to take on a different shape. I would remind them to always copy the example letter and not their own. I would choose a  few letters and ask the student to erase one or two and make it more like the first letter they were supposed to copy with a smile to remember not to copy their own letters, but always look at the example on the chalk board or in the text book.  If there was an improvement at all I would praise them or say, “Wow, you really worked hard on this”  and then I would have them continue.  Each time I corrected their work I would raise the standard always praising where I could.  Perhaps the child formed the letter in the wrong direction or in cursive the tail would be backward.  I would show them the reason for writing a certain direction and then showed them how much smoother it would flow if they wrote it in the correct direction.

Actually, one year I taught a class of 27 first graders in a Christian School that used Bob Jones materials which taught precursive to teach the alphabet, and I had to learn along with the students, how to form the letters as illustrated on the front of the bulletin.

Even a little girl with deformed fingers came to our Christian school, and somewhere along the line, previous instructors let her use a typewriter. It is hard as an instructor to insist on high expectations when a child is handicapped, but I also told her the story of my great, great Aunt Mary who taught school without hands at all and she had beautiful penmanship.  I brought her pictures to school and a sample of her penmanship and had a devotional about how the Lord can use you if you commit yourself to Him.

After a few days of pouting and stubbornness, my disabled student gradually began to make more attempts to do better.  Even my fellow teachers were a little leery of my strong stand and firmness with Amanda,  but by the end of the year, she had very nice handwriting. The pastor of our church school would see her running around on the playground on her heals and he would tell her that she was going to ruin her shoes. Ken was the principal at that time and he kindly took the pastor aside and explained that she had no toes – she had to use her heels!

When it came time for the Christmas program practice I approached her about doing the part of a rag doll in the Christmas program.  She looked just like a rag doll with footies on and just heels.   She did a beautiful job and sang a beautiful solo in the program.  By the end of the year, her parents and grand parents came to me and thanked me for the strong stand I took to help her succeed.

I believe that children need to be challenged and so do adults who are children in Christ. That is why I want to challenge you, ladies, to become more aggressive in evangelism, and outreach for this community.  Do you invite others to church or offer to bring them?  Have you ever led a person to Christ as their Saviour?  Challenge yourself to do what you know God wants you to do. We can all do better.

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.

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).

May 7, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

May 7, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

DOCTRINE – RULES – SELF- DISCIPLINE

Dr. Temple Grandin, born in 1947 was the fist person ever diagnosed with Autism. She did not talk until she was three. Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling, equipment design and animal welfare.  She says: “High, but reasonable expectations are a must for special needs children”. A parent with a diagnosed autistic child might be reluctant to teach practical social skills that are outside the child’s comfort zone such as taking turns, ordering their own meal or work at jobs which teach responsibility. Laughing, she also suggested following these guidelines.

Roy Rogers’ Rider’s Rules for Living ( AKA- King of the Cowboys) and a Christian, known for his love of God and exemplary life of high standards. It is a list of ten rules Roy Rogers encouraged his young fans to live by.          

Ladies, in this day of careless talk, crude words, and lack of rules, we would all do well to observe these standards ourselves, by bringing our will and every area of our life under submission to God’s will, as we see In Titus 2:1, 3-5, & 10. (Please take time to study this passage).

V.1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: —The Word, Doctrine, (teachings of God, what we believe) is foundational to how we live, the ground we stand on to build our lives. In the world today everyone has a doctrine and it is being taught in the news, sitcoms, schools, series, and talk shows.

V. 3. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

V. 4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, V. 5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. —Aged women, holy Christ-like behavior.  Teach younger women (also spiritually younger) by example so that the Word of God is not made fun of.    Ask yourself: What would Christ have me do? Examples: speech, conduct, kindness, reactions, modesty, cleanliness, honesty and faithfulness. 

V.10. Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  (Definition: Purloining = stealing, or put at a distance). 

In my first experience with orientation, while working in a Christian school,  the pastor said:  Train your eyes.  If you see something that needs doing – do it, paper on the floor – pick it up, dehumidifier full – empty it,  lights left on – turn off, chairs out of order,  etc.  Perhaps we would do well to make some clear rules for ourselves in the light of these Scriptures.  1 Corinthians 14:40   Let all things be done decently and in order.

June 19, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart….   Pastor’s Help Mate

Adrian Rogers

“Artificial insemination is the ideal method of producing a pregnancy, and a lesbian partner should have the same parenting rights accorded historically to biological fathers.” Quoted from the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, summer of 1995.

You did not see a few isolated reports. There is an international agenda seeking to render fathers legally obsolete. Regardless of their legal success, fathers will always be critical to a healthy society. The United States is becoming overrun with fatherless homes, and suffering the consequences. This epidemic is causing our society to disintegrate and succumb to rampant crime, drug abuse, and poverty.

Fathers are critical to both sons and daughters. Sons need fathers to learn about being a godly man; how to fear God (Proverbs 1:7), have self-control, work hard, and respect women, just to name a few. Try as she might, mom alone will be hard-pressed to teach a son these valuable lessons. For daughters, their entire self-image comes from how they are treated by their fathers. A woman’s relationship with men will likely mirror her relationship with her father. The future of kids, regardless of gender, is firmly anchored in their relationship to their fathers.

Fathers, you have a tremendous responsibility. It’s not just your job to teach children how to become adults. Nearly everything they know about God they will learn from watching you (Acts 16:31). “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

You are a representative of God, don’t let Him down.

Now for the wives and mothers…

Voice Your Gratitude – say it out loud

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. —Proverbs 31:11–12

Look for His Servant’s Heart

Through love serve one another. —Galatians 5:13

Cultivate Patience toward Your Husband – – Adjust your expectations.  Praise him for the work he does.

Let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands. —Ephesians 4:28

What’s on Your Tongue?—Tell your family why you love your husband.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. —Ephesians 4:29

Take Time to Listen   Ladies this is hard… Pray for this.

Be quick to hear, slow to speak. —James 1:19

Demonstrate respect: Part of showing respect includes submission to his authority.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. —Ephesians 5:22.

  “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Eph. 5:23.

Children, Young people, adults….. God’s way is the best way to rebuild our nation…. and that is through obedience to God’s instructions with regard to  Fathers Leading, Wives respecting and Children’s obedience…. and that obedience is learned from the Father, ultimately.

Oh the Joy we can have in our Hearts and our Homes when we follow the Saviour’s instructions.

June 12, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Youth Sunday

It Depends On Whose Hands It’s In    

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth about $19 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.

A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands is a Wimbleton Championship.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.

Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands, because It depends whose hand it’s in.

“This is Psalms 31:5 with one word added–Father. “Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” However, when Jesus said it on the cross He not only made it exceptionally lovely, but showed something very significant when He added the word Father. He proclaimed relationship and He even showed us while on the cross. –

http://www.godisgroovy.com/poems/whoshands.shtml

Jewish Mothers always taught their children to say, “I pray the Lord my soul to keep..”

Joseph Addison in an essay  in

The Spectator on March 8, 1711.

When I lay me down to Sleep,

I recommend my self to His care;

when I awake, I give my self up to

His Direction,

Amen.

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Day 2006 (taken from our son Ken’s web-site to see more stories)

It’s Memorial Day and today I would like to have the ability to go back in time just once. Since my grandfather served in WWII, he was a patriot and he and grandmother always commemorated “Decoration Day.” Grandpa had been injured in the line of duty he had seen others die. Everyone had sacrificed for the war effort and rejoiced at its end.

On Memorial Day, the morning was always devoted to remembrance. We attended parades and listened to speeches. We bought poppies from veterans and visited family. We listened with interest to old war stories, even if we had heard them so often we could tell them ourselves.

In the  afternoon , we gathered on the farm for a huge picnic. Memorial Day was the official beginning of summer school was days from dismissing for the summer, and the first cutting of hay was often ready to bail. So we burned off our picnic calories putting up hay all afternoon. In the evening it was fishing, chasing fireflies, corn-on-the-cob, and watermelon. I would like to re-live just one of those days with my children, but life doesn’t work like that.

We just returned from a month in Mexico. It was a good experience. We all observed so many things. The people were beautiful. The climate was enviable. The hospitality was sweet. I’m glad we went. But when we crossed back into the United States of America and saw Old Glory snapping in the breeze over the welcome center just north of the Rio Grande, My heart was stirred with love and gratitude that I was born in the U. S. A.

Now more than ever it is clear to me that God has blessed America. And I pray, now more than ever, that God will withhold the judgment we deserve and instead send a latter rain of revival and reformation to our land before it is too late.

Ken L. Pierpont

Nashville, Tennessee

Memorial Day

May 29, 2006

MAY 22, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Some time back when we first began Jane’s Heart to Heart I shared 12 lessons on the 23rd Psalm.

Today I want to share this Question which I was reminded of in a daily devotional which I received from The Pocket Testament League this past week.

Who is in Your Flock?

Acts 20:28  “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Paul instructed us to “keep watch” over ourselves; now he adds to this “and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” In secular terms the word “overseer” would mean superintendent or supervisor, in church terms it is typically translated as “bishop” or “elder.” Therefore, we could interpret the word  to include both those people who we are responsible for physically as well as spiritually.

The authority to be an overseer is given by the Holy Spirit and is not based on bloodline, order of birth, financial condition or work relationship. Some of us might have difficulty with this concept. After all, why would my boss at work or co-workers listen to me about my faith — what authority do I have?

The point is, the only authority you need is the Holy Spirit’s.

Ask yourself who the Lord has placed in your care? Yet never without prayer and obedience.

Certainly, children come immediately to mind, but who else?

  • your co-worker
  • fellow student
  • your boss
  • bus driver
  • stewardess
  • baby-sitter
  • customers
  • waitress
  • relatives
  • parents
  • husband

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal who He — based upon His own sovereignty — has placed within your domain as spiritual overseer. It might surprise you. How does it change your attitude toward this relationship? Can you guide another’s spiritual development with humility? What needs to change within you to do so?

Our favorite passages about evangelism is the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-10

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Victory Through Christ

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (KJV)  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.    8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;                9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Victory over the penalty of sin = through forgiveness  and immediate forgiveness as soon as we confess our sins and receive Christ as our Saviour. This union with Christ is the foundational concept of the life of grace. Christ’s resurrection demonstrated His victory over sin. Now that you are united with Christ in His resurrection, you have the victory over sin. Consider this as true! Believe it! You are saved by God’s grace and you are on the victory side! (Romans 6:13, 16, 19).

Victory over death – Christ’s death was sufficient

We are to present—to yield or offer—our bodies to God. This involves responsibility to serve.  Yes, Works. Not to save us but a result of our salvation.  Don’t go on presenting the members of your body to sin. The picture is of a soldier presenting his weapons to his commander and awaiting his instructions. Sin uses the members of your body to wage war against you.  It is important that Born again Christian set about to serve him.

Revelation 12:10   “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night”.

One of satan’s campaigns against God is in the area of trying to break our trust of God, such as in Job, and the Book of Revelation says that satan is, has been and will be doing that “day and night”.

Let us be faithful in prayer for one another the the Lord will give Christian victory over satan’s attempt to sidetrack us on our journey for Christ.

Victory over the presence of sin – heavenly rewards will be separation from sin.

We all need to come to the place where we can join God on his side of the heavenly battle, in JOY, defeating satan.

We can softly and confidently say to God our Father,

  “I don’t understand, but I love you and trust in YOU. Don’t let me waver nor let You down in this battle.  Thank you, Lord,  for the victories you have won for me by your death on the cross.  Thank you for assurance of salvation and life after death.  Lord, give me daily JOY and victory over sin .”

(small ’s’ on satan is my desire in my life the Lord helping me)

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January 17, 2016     JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 17, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART …Pastor’s Help Mate

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made.”

“No creaturely need is outside the range of prayer.” Catherine Marshall

This is a quote from Catherine Marshall, in  a month of Daily Devotional Readings from Edith Schaeffer’s writings entitled  “The Art of Life”.      I would like to spend some time sharing some of the truths I have gleaned from this book.

In 1953 Francis Schaeffer became convinced that God was calling him and his family to a higher level of giving and working and sacrifice: to give up the security of a fixed income for an uncertain, non-structured work in Europe, possibly with a Swiss base. As the spiritual head of the house, he laid it all out before Edith and their four children all of the alternatives.  The decision was unanimous, to say “yes” to God’s call and depend upon him to provide the $1800 needed for their boat fair to Europe and the circumstances dictated that the monies be raised in three weeks, by September 9th.   Their daughter Priscilla charted on a thermometer on the wall and little by little,  the Great provider spoke to hearts and from the most unexpected sources, in less than three weeks all of the money needed was supplied.

Catherine Marshall recounted when she and her husband visited the  Schaeffers,  that they felt God’s love as all felt it at L’ Abri,(shelter), in their deep concern and interest in the young people, especially the hippies and the floaters. They cared passionately, totally, with utter self-giving about those who didn’t know what to believe, who had lost their way in life. “

I have also read several of her writings and one which is named, Dear Family: The L’ Abri Family Letters 1961-86.    The book contained just letters to home, describing the rewards of living a life dedicated to Jesus Christ and enables readers to appreciate more fully the sprit of the Schaeffer’s message as they sacrificially shared their home, food, and their very lives to help people who were struggling in their faith, often with out work or a place to live.  They had a literal school and housing where they educated and cared for many floundering confused souls in an attempt to teach them the truth of the Scriptures.

There great desire was to teach that there is truth to  be found in the Scriptures, that God will see to it that we have that truth— that is the fire in their souls, the light in their eyes and the ring in their voices.

If you were  privileged to knock at the door of any L’ Abri “shelter” around the world, you would be met with the understanding that you may be one of God’s divine interruptions in the midst of a very full hour or day, reflecting the attitude Edith modeled for every Christian.    

We all need to exhibit the love of God in the whole spectrum of life. 

Psalm 84:11King James Version (KJV)

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.