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.

JANUARY 3, 2016    JANE’S HEART TO HEART    Pastor’s Help Mate.

MY 2016 CHALLENGE

This year I have decided to change my plan of Bible Study.  I plan to spend time writing the Scriptures, including some more in-depth study while listening to a passage and even maybe adding a bit of calligraphy.

Appropriate Scriptures:

Psalm 109:30-31 (KJV) 30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Ps 73:24 “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me into Glory.” 

As for a motto, I am returning the one chosen  for my web site years ago….

“TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE DO NOT EXIST APART FROM GOD.”

— Write out short portions of Scriptures (thanks to a friend on FB I found “Journibles: the 17:18 Series”),  which is a journal into which one can copy the Scriptures and add  notes and comments.  (based upon  Moses’ instructions to the future King in Duet. 17:18).   Author, Robert J. Wynalda.

— Try to study  the passage more deeply making notes. personal comments.

— Listening to those Scriptures as I write

— I also plan on spending more time praising and rejoicing on my piano keyboard with an appropriate hymn, with expression and thoughtfulness to the words .

— Spend time in prayer regarding what I have studied and then have my prayer time regarding those included in Jane’s Prayer Ministry, family, and church  ministries.

Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)   10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

(attached)

SONG OF PRAYER:   

“THE QUIET HOUR: Speak, Lord, in the Stillness” E. May Grimes 1951 Singspiration.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/q/u/i/quiet_hr.htm

November 1, 2015,  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

November 1, 2015, Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

Izabella -and-A Snow Globe                

In communist Romania we could not attend church, have Bibles, or talk about God.   I was 7 and my brother was 10 and we found a Bible hidden in the floor of our house. We didn’t know what it was. We started reading it like they taught us in school—from the beginning to the end. We’d never heard these stories before.

“I want to learn how to pray so I can start praying for snow.”  Then in fifth grade I was invited to a little underground church by one of my classmates. I begged my dad to let me go and he said I could if my brother went with me.  When the pastor began to tell the story I realized It was from the Bible like we had at home.  When I was 13 it was very cold in September. We didn’t have electricity most nights so when it got dark it was bedtime for us kids. We were only allowed outside at night if it snowed.  We could see better.

I had heard a lot about prayer, but never actually heard somebody pray. Even at the church, the pastor could never actually pray in front of us or share the Gospel. Under communism, he never knew who was a spy. He had to be very careful.

I told him I wanted to learn how to pray so I could start praying for snow. That night he taught me how to pray. “Izabella, just talk to God, He is your best friend. You tell Him what’s on your heart and  He will answer.”

Why haven’t I been asking for more stuff? I’m definitely going to ask for snow.  I went to the window the next morning expecting to see snow and there wasn’t any. I wondered, What’s wrong? What happened?  Pastor told me that God always answers prayers.

There was still no snow in December and I was very, disappointed. I told the pastor, that I didn’t think that this prayer thing  worked. Then, he reminded me that perhaps God has something different in mind.  Christmas came and still no snow. I lost my zeal of taking the Bible out every day and reading it.

A couple of days later, people started running in the streets. In Romania that meant one thing— there was something at the grocery store. We thought it might be oranges or bananas because of Christmas. 

We put on our shoes and ran as quickly as we could to get in line. As we ran people were passing the store.  Big trucks pulled in and there were lots of people there who were happy. When they opened the backs of the trucks, there were lots of colorful boxes. A lady came up to me and said, “This is yours.”  — I finally got it. He was a God who was real and He was looking out for me.”  She said that it was totally mine and wondered if there was anything she could pray about for me.  I asked if she would pray with me for  snow?”  She didn’t ask any questions, she just did it. Then she gave me a hug.  My shoebox was so colorful. I’d never seen so many colors! Even Christmas presents were wrapped in brown paper bags. This was the first thing that stood out to me.

Then I took out a snow globe and held it, wondering what it was. A little boy passed me and grabbed my hand and started to shake it really hard.   I looked at it and remembered exactly what my pastor said. “God will answer your prayers. Keep your eyes open because it might not look the way you want it, but He will answer.”   I thought, This is it! It felt like it was snowing all around me.

God, I prayed, I thank you for my snow and just apologize for shoving the Book back. I’m going to keep reading it.

We can’t put snow globes in shoeboxes anymore because they are liquid and might break, but I will never forget that moment. It was a moment of knowing this God that had been pursuing me through His Word since I was 7. I finally got it. He was a God who was real and He was looking out for me and He does answer prayers

March 1, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

March 1, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Words Of Love #4

The Reflection of Our True Heart Condition

“The heart of the wise man makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his life.”Proverbs 16:23

As God’s children our words need to be truth.  Another word for exaggeration is lying.  

“He is the way, the truth and the life” John 14:6a. Jesus is truth.  “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Pr. 12: 22a.

Others may fail us and we may become disenchanted by the things going on  around us but spiritual victories can be won when we teach ourselves how to react to those things with “words of love” and truth.  

I have found it helpful to use a small note book to make notes of things that I say that perhaps I wish I had said another way or not said at all.  Then I re-write my “words of love” so that I will be prepared ahead of time for those moments when the right words fail me. 

In dealing with our family and loved ones sometimes the truth hurts, so this is an especially important time to bathe our words in prayer and plan ahead.   If we do have a time when we have spoken hastily, it is important to remember to ask forgiveness for not being as sensitive as we should have been. The Lord will help us through these times when we stay in the Word and pray without ceasing.

Often on FaceBook people post without a thought and  others  put a great deal of thought into being as obtuse (annoyingly insensitive) as they can get away with.  This only succeeds in showing the Scripture truth that we referred to last week;

 “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”Mat. 12:34.  

We can ask the Lord to change our hearts so that we can speak words of truth and words that heal.   We who know Christ can respond as one who is filled with the Holy Spirit and truly be a reflection of His LOVE.

Let us be your Delight, O LORD

Joyful Words From The Parsonage

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