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

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February 12, 2017,   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate


As I was praying concerning my Heart to Heart this week a  dear friend on Face Book asked me this question’

When the Bible says to take up our cross and follow him, does it just mean whatever we are going through at the time, our life’s circumstances, or does it mean more?

I really like this article that  I found by Billy Graham which will be most helpful.

What did Jesus mean when he said we have to carry our cross?

Q:     What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I’ve heard people talk about a problem they have and say it’s a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?

A:     No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross. He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us. He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life? Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life? Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day.

May 15, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

The Lord’s Angels

As our children Jim and Melony Evans finished up their move last week, Jim also worked delivering trucks all over several states. Ken decided to help them by returning our son Nathan’s trailer Sunday afternoon. Nathan was at home with a few of the children,  because one was ill, so Jennifer had gone to Ohio to see her folks for Mother’s Day, with Audrey Jayne.  So Ken decided to do him a favor and go to see Nathan Sunday afternoon to be company to Nathan and help Jim catch some rest so that he could spend his Monday off on some of his unpacking and setting up his workshop.

Melony had sweetly gotten up early and prepared our dinner. We were planning on leaving around 3 PM so that we could stop by the funeral home for a visitation of our former neighbor friend near the Jonesville Baptist Church.  George Schutes’  home bordered the property and he used a small portion of the church property to put  his horses out to graze.  http://www.eaglefuneralhomes.com/Obituary/5070/George_Schutes.   We started out toward Hillsdale on Sterling Rd. and right away I realized that I might have a problem because the trailer caused the car to lurch a bit and I mentioned to Ken that perhaps I should go back home.  Ken assured me that it would not be bad once we were on the state route.  Indeed, when we reached  route 49 it was not as bad and we decided not to go to the visitation and we would go to the funeral on Mon. So we turned and went to Litchfield to follow route 99 north to Homer and then follow route 60 west.  As we traveled toward Tekonsha  the trailer suddenly lurched hard and we realized that we had a very serious problem.  I immediately called out to the Lord for help and safety for everyone around us. With the Lord’s help, Ken was able to pull the car off to the side of the road without event. 

Thank you, Father!  Now what?  Ken stepped out of the car and went back to survey the situation and made an attempt to work on it and came back to the car and asked me to call Jim to come and help us get the trailer reattached, because he was not strong enough to do it alone.  While I was calling, a young man with a truck stopped behind us and offered his help. Shortly, they were able to reattach the trailer after realizing the pin was improperly inserted. While they were working another young man stopped to help. It turned out that they were friends on the way to the same place.  They dated sisters. The three of them were scratching their heads and hoping the pin stayed put. Ken reached in his pocket for a  gospel tract and offered the young men money. Immediately the first one thanked him with a big smile and said, “Oh. thank you, I am a Christian”, and pointing to this friend  said, “He is too”.  As Ken offered them money the first young man said, “This is enough”, as he pointed to Ken’s cross. Not only that, but the second young man said, Aren’t you the preacher from the church over on Sterling Road? My dad goes there.”

Yes, the Lord brought us through what could have been a very serious event and not only that,  he sent “Two Angels” to help us.  Thank You, Lord.   

April 5, 2015,   JANE’S HEART TO HEART  … Pastor’s Help Mate

April 5, 2015, JANE’S HEART TO HEART … Pastor’s Help Mate

OUR WORTH

Kristyn Getty said….”We can be easily fooled into thinking that our worth is found in the things that we have, in the successes and failures of life, how we look, how we don’t look and it’s important to remind ourselves continually that those who know the Lord find their worth supremely and ultimately in Christ.

My Worth Is Not in What I Own      

1.  My worth is not in what I own    Not in the strength of flesh and bone     

But in the costly wounds of love           At the cross

2.  My worth is not in skill or name    In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed     At the cross

3.  As summer flowers we fade and die    Fame, youth and beauty hurry by    

But life eternal calls to us                      At the cross

4’  I will not boast in wealth or might     Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ           At the cross

5.  Two wonders here that I confess     My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed,   my ransom paid           t the cross

Refrain:
I rejoice in my Redeemer    Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul       I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.

By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick
© 2014 Getty Music Publishing and Make Way Music (admin by MusicServices.org)

What a reminder that our lives are not ultimately in the hands of people—even sinful or wicked people. Our lives are not in the hands of circumstances, even painful or difficult ones. And our lives are not in the hands of fate or chance. Our lives are in the hands of God. If we are children of God, then our lives are in His hands, and there is no safer place to be in all of creation than in the hands of God.

There is a song of Getty’s that  I love to sing and our praise team will be singing this today…. And I would like to quote a few lines from that song for you to pay attention to as they sing it today.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,    This is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath,    Jesus commands my destiny.

Matthew 6:26   “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”