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

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

Holiness?   JOY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 26, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

I would like to share today about this dear pastor’s wife, Helen Barth, who influenced my life and was used ultimately, as an instrument,  to win my parents to Christ.

PART ONE – HELEN BARTH

When I was just a young child my sister and I attended the Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac, MI.  I vaguely recall attending a children’s weekday Bible club that Rev. Reinhold Barth and his wife Helen, (who started the church) were conducting.

When my parents moved to Indiana my sister and I attended a VBS sponsored by the Bertrand Bible Church in Niles, MI. They met in a huge tent just in sight of our home on the Indiana State Line. This was where we came to know Christ as our personal Saviour. During the time we lived there my parents divorced and my mother took us to live again in Dowagiac. There at Calvary Bible Church,  my mother and dad got right with the LORD, there I was baptized and there, Ken and I were married.

Helen Lillian McAlerney,  was born on November 3, 1918, in Moline, Illinois and On May 20, 1944,  she married Rev. Reinhold Alexander Barth, at Moody Church, in Chicago, IL, with over 1,750 guests in attendance.

She is survived by,  3 children, including 2 sons, Dr. Timothy (Bona) Barth, of Ann Arbor, MI, and Stephen Marc, of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter Sharon Schaubert, and three grandchildren of Bristol.

From Helen’s earliest memories, she loved to sing as a preschooler, and often sang along with the old family Victrola. Helen Barth started her musical career as a Blues singer in a dance orchestra, providing entertainment in minstrel shows through the YWCA. During those years her chief passion was working with children who aimlessly wandered the city streets.  In her free time, she would teach them Bible stories, sing songs with them, and provide them with craft activities. Desiring to go full time with the YWCA, went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, where she became a Christian Education student in1939. During freshmen orientation, she heard young ladies share their testimonies of how they had come to know Christ as their personal Savior. God spoke to her heart through their vibrant testimonies and, for the first time, she realized the weight of her own sin and her need to know Christ’s forgiveness and cleansing.  A few nights later, she knelt by her bed, confessed her sin and, by grace through faith, received Christ as her personal Savior.

She said, ”The Lord gave me a new song; a song of peace and praise.” From that time on, she devoted her mellow contralto voice to communicate the Gospel of Christ through sacred song, a ministry which on six occasions took her to many European countries, as well as coast to coast in the United States and Canada.

While at Moody Bible Institute, she sang with an ensemble over WMBI, their Flagship station, and was later asked to join WMBI as a staff soloist. She continued following her graduation from Moody in 1942. All of the programs were broadcast live and Helen had several 15-minute solo-time programs, as did  George Beverly Shea, also sang songs by request on the Shut-In Hour and the Birthday Hour.      (to be cont.)