God Is Still On The Throne….

God Is Still On The Throne….

flag-63f6642b64e106a8947daafa44e52b21Reminder to us all…. God is Still on the Throne.
Many Christians prayed and now we are trusting Him.
 
Isaiah 26:3-4
 
“3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
4.Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
We can have peace and JOY in these hard times.
Now it is our job to continue to pray for our leaders…. Many Christian leaders have emphasized PRAYER to the Lord JEHOVAH and I am especially thankful for Franklin Graham, Ann Graham Lotz and Nancy DeMoss and many others who raised awareness of Christian’s need to pray and get out and vote.
 
I am thankful also for the strong testimony of Vice Pres. elect, Mike Pence.
 
I personally want to encourage all of my friends to pray fervently for our leaders, and fellow Christian to strive to make a difference for Christ, in your homes, churches, and communities.
1. to personally pray more (not like a rabbit’s foot) but for His perfect will in your own personal life.
2. to read your Bibles
3. to go and take every member of your family, faithfully to a solid Bible preaching Church.
 
For many years I have heard professing Christians saying, “we need the 10 Commandments, the Bible, and God back in our schools, etc.”, yet there is very little evidence that there is Bible reading and instruction in the Word, nor Church attendance, in those homes.
 
Often when we talk with those who say they are saved it is very obvious that Christ is not first, Bible reading is not first, church attendance is not first. If you love God and truly want to serve God, you will want to run to church, you will want to share Him with others. You will want to choose the things for your children that will make them better servants of Christ. Some parents do not even know if their children are saved nor do they pray for them. Many professing Christians put far more emphasis and money, sports, travel, and entertainment, watching “dancing with the falling Stars”,  you name it; than they do on seeing to it that their children give their talent to him for His glory.
 
We seem to be better at using the Scriptures to prove the questionable practices we can participate in.
 
These things are caught, faster than they are taught… Be an Example.
Parents: read Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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.

October 9, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

October 9, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

2013-06-02-08-58-09JOHNATHAN EDWARDS: (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian.    He  gained some early success entering Yale at age 13 and graduated at the top of his class. But he wasn’t satisfied. He wrote out 70 resolutions to guide his process of spiritual maturity.

Needless to say, I am not planning on quoting all 70.

GOALS [PREFACE WITH RESOLVE]:

4. – never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

8. – to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my  own sins and misery to God

10. – when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

21. – never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

25. – to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

Nancy DeMoss’s “The Quiet Place”  Devotional, on July 9-18 she shared about her father’s 10 Goals which she called “A 24/7 Calling.” She also shares on her website the following comment.  “The scene is indelibly etched in my memory. I was 19 years old. My family was on a mission trip in Haiti—my parents’ (and my) favorite type of family “vacation.” We were worshiping in a small Haitian church, sitting on hard wood benches. In the middle of the service, my dad leaned over to me and whispered, “Honey, what are your 50-year goals?”

December 1977 She penned these for herself.

1st Priority: To love God with all my heart, soul, mind, body

2nd Priority: To love God’s people (encouraging, affirming, exhorting)—building them into committed reproducers.

3rd Priority: To love God’s work in the world (i.e., evangelism)—to build disciples (committed reproducers) in every nation.

Let’s take some time this week to step back and set a goal for what you want to accomplish for the Lord in the next 10 years.

Proverbs  16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

I converted my vanity dresser into a desk and while ago and when I was painting it and decorating it I thought of removing the mirror.  Finally, I decided to leave it on because it reflected the light and made my small office seem larger and I could even see out the windows from all directions.  When I look into te mirror.

I also found it a revealing way of seeing myself as others see me when I talk on the phone or work there.

When I look into the mirror in the morning, I ask myself, Is my life an accurate picture of God???

I pray that my Lord will help my attitude, words and behaviour, to give a true reflection of HIM.

October 2, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

I have been especially blessed by the song  “Fall On Your Knees” from the Cantata Night of the Father’s Love, (The Awe and Mystery of God with Us) Pepper Choplin – Lorenz Corporation. the song quotes from the old familiar carol.“O Holy Night”.  I believe it was the last musical I directed in 2011.

The song speaks of looking into the face of the Christ child and seeing the world’s salvation and Holy Peace. It reminds us to see the glory and the wonder and to know the peace that comes from being in fellowship with the Lord.   We can experience this in prayer together.

It comes to my mind so often when I am going to prayer for those for whom   I have promised to pray.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to me. I cry out to the  Lord, asking Him to help me to be sure to remember those in need and to ask for the right thing;  To ask for the Lord’s will and not mine nor the person’s desire for whom I am praying .

I am humbled when someone asks me to pray for  him/her and saddened when I say to him/her that I am praying for you or a loved one and that person responds with a concerned or dismayed look and will ask, “What is wrong or why are you praying for me?  I have even had someone react, with, “Don’t pray for me!” With fear in their eyes.

I wonder Is the fear  conviction or concern of having to turn from some besetting sin? Matt. 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We need to “Fall on our Knees” and cry out to the Lord seeking first HIS will for us and our loved ones.  This is hard to pray when we see someone heading the wrong direction in his/her life, but even harder to see the result  that  follows disobedience.   

Here in our church, we should have a great desire to be prayed for and to pray for others, just because it is right, according to the Scriptures. The doors of our church on prayer meeting night should be swinging wide each week. 

Matthew 18:19-20  KJV) 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Please come and join us on Wednesday night  to call out, in prayer for our Nation, Come to praise and experience the wonderful peace we can experience in Prayer.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016   JANE’S HEART TO HEART …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

I have been reading, The Daniel Prayer, by Ann Graham Lotz.  Out of the sixteen verses of Daniel’s Prayer  in chapter 9, twelve of them confess sin, our sin. 

Looking at our nation today, could the problem be  our unconfessed sin.

While working on the first message of a seminar,  Ann said that she felt in her heart that the Holy Spirit was prompting her to talk about herself to the Lord.  She felt she was short on time and balked at that idea.  The silence in her heart was loud and she realized she needed to fall on her face before the Lord and spend time in the confession of her own sin and need.  After five days of humiliation and painful prayer and conviction of her sin, she came up with this  list she used from reading the book  “Preparing the Heart for Revival” C.G. Finney. It was suggested to take pencil and paper and go through the list three times to see that nothing is  left  out, reasoning that our sins come one at a time.

SIN TO CONFESS

Ingratitude – failure to thank God for favors given before and after salvation

Losing love for God – evidence of a loss of love for Him

Neglect Bible Reading – loss of delight in the Word, distracted by surroundings

Unbelief – lack of faith and trust that HE will answer prayer

Neglect of prayer – spiritual chatter, lack of fervency and focus

Lack of Concern for Souls    while family, friends & neighbors are without Christ

Neglect of Family – putting my wants and needs ahead of my family

Love of the World – my possessions are mine, money is mine to use as I choose

Pride – time spent on how I look more than preparing my heart for worship

Envy – jealousy of others who are more fruitful or gifted, or hearing others praised

A critical spirit – finding fault with others who don’t measure up to my standards

Slander – of others’ faults, real or imagined, discussed behind their backs

Lack Seriousness with God – sleepy prayers, late to church, how time is spent

Lying – anything but the truth, desire to impress,  exaggerated, high opinion of self

Cheating – not treating others as I would want to be treated

Hypocrisy – pretend to be something I am not

Robbing God – wasting time, your God  given talents for a fee, but not for God.

Temper – impatience, cross, emotional, abusive thoughts or words

Hindering Others – undermining others’ confidence by unreasonably high standards

Arrogance – accepting God’s forgiveness yet, not forgiving myself or others

Ann shared that after seven days of confession and conviction the Lord finally gave her a “sweet, blessed assurance that she was cleansed and filled and ready to begin her messages.

Please take the time  to evaluate  this list for yourself.  Make a list and prepare yourself for prayer for our nation.

Daniel 9:19   “O Lord, hear: O Lord forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”

I just had to come into this post and add this note of praise of the work of the Holy Spirit in our service today….

Our daughter Melony Evans just got home from helping with her newest grandson  in MD and hadn’t really had time to prepare but when she got up to sing at her scheduled time this morning she sang this song.

What a blessing how well it went with this Heart to Heart and with her dad’s message….  The Lord did it all and put it all together.

Be sure to read the words of this song.


Glorious Freedom   –  J. Lincoln Hall

Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters;
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain.
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.

Refrain

Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom!
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator—
Now and forever He shall be mine.

Freedom from all the carnal affections;
Freedom from envy, hatred and strife;
Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions;
Freedom from all that saddened my life!

Refrain

Freedom from pride and all sinful follies;
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger;
Glorious freedom, rapture untold!

Refrain

Freedom from fear with all of its torments;
Freedom from care with all of its pain;
Freedom in Christ, my blessèd Redeemer—
He who has rent my fetters in twain.

Refrain

or listen to the Gaither band

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

As you read this you might want to listen to  “Give Me Jesus”  Fernando Ortega

I love the early mornings

and the calmness that starts the day…

The quiet hush of fresh new beginnings…

The possibility that streams through…

The only sound I hear is the morning birds softly giving praise

and worshiping for yet another day…

The beautiful stream of light that trickles through the  window

as the wind softly blows the leaves in the trees.

Like a song I can’t help but feel God in everything…

I eagerly take up the cross and with anticipation

begin to explore what God already knows…

Like a flower that raises its head to the heavens…

I will look for You, Lord…

I lift my head too and give thanks for this new day…

I greet this day and surrender all I am…

All for You, Father…

May all I am and all I do bring You glory…

I quietly stand beside You, Lord…

Renew me…

Repair all I may not be…

Refresh my spirit…

Thank you, Lord, for this gift called life..

Amen

“Let the morning bring me word

of Your unfailing love

For I have put my trust in You.”

Psalm 143:8

~Birds of a Feather Always Flock Together 

Posted August 20, 2016  ~on FaceBook

September 11, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

PAUL LEVIN and BOB FINDLEY were partners in evangelism since January 1934. They traveled from coast to coast and in Canada in their evangelistic campaigns and were also widely known on Bible Tract Echoes, a broadcast heard over 30 radio stations. They accompanied themselves on mandolin and guitar which enabled them to produce a style of their own which, across the years,  appealed to the hearts of thousands of listeners.

They traveled from coast to coast in evangelistic work and  made many appearances on radio and television, in the course of their travels. Evangelist Paul Levin was born in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1914, the youngest of a Swedish family of 12. His Mother led him to accept Christ as his Saviour at the age of four and he would preach at the piano stool. At the age of 15, he preached his first sermon and went into full-time evangelistic work at the age of 17. He was the author of “Bible Tracts” a personal tract ministry which has produced over 233 million tracts in 74 languages, some of them in Braille and a number on phonograph records and tapes for the blind.

Blind Singer Bob FindJey was born blind in Kewanee, Illinois, in 1903. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 20 and spent several years in radio work after that time. Paul and Bob met in 1932 and in  1934 they joined together in the gospel ministry.  They made one of first Gospel films for Baptista Films in addition to their recordings and wide-spread travels in evangelistic work.  Paul and Bob were known for their plain style of singing. They continued in ministry together until Bob’s death. Paul Levine died in Sept. 1996

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When I was in Jr and Sr. High, Paul and Bob came to Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac, MI. for one or two weeks of evangelistic meetings.  We loved Paul’s preaching and hearing them sing and always looked forward to the times they came. 

Often at our fellowship suppers Paul would trick Bob, for the benefit of the youth  by putting a napkin in his sandwich or putting a straw in a catsup bottle and giving it to him for pop.   He probably did it everywhere they went and Bob was a great sport and played right along by acting shocked or surprised.

Today we will share with you, one of their songs I especially remembered and it was always requested on the closing “Request Night”, as one of the favorites.  It was called “The Hornet Song”.

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THE HORNETS

Sung to the tune of “This Is Like Heaven To Me.

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When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to time,
And help His own people to win.

The hornets persuaded them that it was best,
To go quickly, and not to go slow;
God did not compel them to go ‘gainst their will,
But He just made them willing to go.

Chorus

He does not compel us to go, No! No!
He does not compel us to go.
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urgings to make yourself scarce,
You’d want to get out, don’t you see.
They would not lay hold and by force of their strength
Throw you out of the window, Oh No,!
They would not compel you’ to go ‘gainst your will,
But they’d just make you willing to go.

Chorus

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright;
He never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed and ran off from the fight.
But God sent a big fish to swallow him up,
The story I’m sure you all know;
He did not compel him to go ‘gainst his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

Chorus

When Moses was sent to lead Israel out,
To Canaan’s rich fruit-bearing land.
Resisting His Spirit they worshiped a calf,
But refused to obey God’s Command.
God did not compel them to go to the land,
Which with wine, milk, and honey did flow,
But fed them on manna for forty long years,
‘Till He got them all ready to go.

Chorus

When Balaam was sent to the Moabite king,
And wanted things run his own way,
His mule, ever faithful, spoke at the right time,
Made him willing God’s Will to obey.
God can use any man, since He used Balaam’s mule,
For He is Almighty you know;
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

Chorus

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

The Labor of Prayer

Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty  things, which thou knowest not”

I Thes. 5:16-18   “16.  Rejoice evermore. 17. Pray without ceasing. 18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I would like to tell you of Edith Schaefer, a great prayer warrior, in her book The Art of Life,  crossway Books, Westchester, IL.

Conscientious Prayer, Devotional #24

Edith shared how as a small child she was skipping along beside Mr. Hoste, the director of the China Inland mission ( he had followed Hudson Taylor.)   He told her she could walk along if she wished but that it was his prayer time. She walked with him a number of times and learned that he prayed aloud, and counted it his responsivility to pray for four hours a day for each missionary, in the China Inland Mission, for each one and their children by name and about specific personal things. He carried the list with him. He prayed aloud and encouraged he to pray too.  She learned a great respect for the “work” of prayer.

She also shared how a farming friend who also prayed with a list for the L’Abri ministry as he drove his tractor and farmed his fields.  This too impressed her of the farmer in his tractor or the head of a mission both considered prayer more important than other things they might do.

We might not be able to pray for four hours, but there are times when we could spend a great deal of time in prayer.

She also said that there is a cumulative freedom of communication as you read and pray for a variety of needs in other people’s lives, as well as your own.

As time goes on there is a sense of quietness, like having been in the home of a very calm person, separated from your own pressures.  It can be like a protected quiet place. We all need to try this Conscientious Prayer time.

This will be a blessing for you and for those for whom you pray.

This was her  closing prayer:

“Lord, Give us the longing to spend tme with You, give us the time and give us the longing.  Through an extended period of time with you, inspire me to make this the norm of my Chrisitan life., Amen.”