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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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……

August 7,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

This past Sunday we were with our son Kevin’s, family at Mt. Pleasant, MI.

The S.S. teacher presented a lesson from James Merritt’s video presentation and I would like to share what I gleaned from the lesson.  The lesson was based on Matthew 25: 14 – 26 on the parable of the Talents.

Faithful

How would you define  faithful?

Prov. 20: 6 “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”  God is faithful.  Would you describe yourself as faithful”

The lesson from Matthew 25, demonstrates  living up to  these 5 words – “You Can Count on Me”.

Today, I encourage each of you to take stock of the God-given talents He has given you.  Every one of us has God-given gifts and abilities.  It is not important what we have, but what we do with what we have.   I would like to ask you to think seriously this week about this subject.

  1. What God-given abilities do I have? What am I doing with them to bring honor and glory to Him? sewing, baking, serving, teaching, musical talent, money, time, prayer….

2.  What material things do I have and how am I using those things that I have to       

     bring glory and honor to God?

God does not compare you with how others do, but he does compare you with what you do, with what He has blessed you.  There is no reason to compare yourself with others. I wish I could sing like that, or had more money to give, etc.  Just do your best and be faithful to Him to the best of your ability.  Verses 23 says he will say, “Well done thou good and Faithful servant.”

When we only use that with which He has gifted us, for  a corruptible crown, He will say as in verse 26,  “thou wicked and slothful servant“.

When I worked with music students, I prayed that the Lord would help me to teach those who were trying to polish their God-given talent, that they would use that talent  for Christ Alone.

Pray that the Lord will show you what you should do for the purpose of carrying out the Great commission: by winning  the lost to Christ and  teaching them to observe that Great commission too. This is called discipleship.  If what you are doing with your talent is not for that great purpose, it is not an investment , but as in  verse 26, he called that servant, wicked and slothful.   

Will the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”? Are there some things that you should change?                  

CAN HE COUNT ON YOU?

JULY 3, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

A PRAYER FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

God bless America

And keep us safe and free,

Safe from “all our enemies”

Wherever they may be.

For enemies are forces

That often dwell within,

Things that seem so harmless

Become a major sin.

Little acts of selfishness

Grow into lust and greed,

And make the love of power

Our idol and our creed.

For all our wealth and progress

Are as worthless as can be,

Without the faith that made us great

And kept our nation free.

And while it’s hard to understand

The complexities of war,

Each one of us must realize

That we are fighting for

The principles of freedom

And the decency of man,

But all of this much be achieved

According to God’s plan.

And teach us So help us as Americans

To search deep down inside,

And discover if the things we do

Are always justified. to walk humbly

And closer in Thy ways,

And give us faith and courage

And put purpose in our days.

And make each one of us aware

That each must do his part,

For in the individual is where peace

Must have its start.

For a better world to live in

Where all are safe and free,

Must start with faith and hope

And love deep in the heart of “Me.”

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

If my people, which are called by my name,

shall humble themselves,

and pray, and seek my face,

and turn from their wicked ways;

then will I hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin,

and will heal their land.

II Chor. 7:14

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

 

Couples in the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth is a one-year Devotional Study to Draw you Closer to God and Each other. (Bobbie went to be with the Lord after her battle with cancer in 2014)

Key Scripture: Genesis 6:1-22.

Let’s look at Noah and his wife, (whose name was not given in the Bible). Noah was a man of integrity, who walked righteously, in an evil world. Though he was mocked, she supported him while he followed the Lord’s detailed instructions on building the ark in preparation for the great flood. Perhaps people smiled and talked about them and their three sons, as they gathered the materials for the Ark. Noah warned them of their need for repentance. Perhaps she assured him, “Noah, God knows your heart. This is God’s battle.” Some onlookers may have even lent a hand, yet did  not believe.

Think of the task ahead of them with such a huge wooden craft, approximately the size of one and a half football fields and four stories high, to save Noah’s family and no-one knows how many  pairs of animals (est. tens of thousands) and enough space to store food for the time on board.  I sure wish Noah would have swatted those two mosquitos.

They chose to live holy lives in a corrupt society. Noah preached and I would think that his wife prayed as he warned the people and pled with them to turn from their sins. They carried the burden of knowing God was about to punish the wicked.  Perhaps they prayed daily for these people, and even feared that they may have missed someone.

The account of faithful Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives is strong evidence that they discipled their children by living and teaching them to love and obey God. These girls from lost families were counted among the righteous.

Noah’s family made a clear choice in spite of temptations to conform to the world they  chose to serve the Lord.   You and your family can do the same.

Josh. 24:15 “As for me and my house we will Serve the Lord.”

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Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

  1. Don’t miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you’re with God, There’s always a rainbow waiting.

  @MYBIBLE.COM

February 14, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Valeene Hayes was a missionary with OMS the missionary society of  our Marilyn Wykes.    From an article from Jan-April 2016 OMS Outreach.

A lady who gives her heart and life daily to the Lord.

After surviving rheumatic fever as a child, doctors placed strict limitations upon Valeene telling her she would never be able to serve overseas as a missionary. But

God miraculously intervened, and in 1962, Miss Valeene began her missionary career in Haiti with One Mission Society.

One night when she and a coworker were talking about devotions and prayer, her coworker mentioned how hard it was to stay awake while praying before bedtime. She simply smiled and shared how she told her mother that same thing when she was a teenager. Her mother said, “He understands. What better way to fall asleep  than talking to Jesus?”  Often she would relate to coworkers what she was learning in her daily quiet times.  It seemed that she had a direct line to God because she often spoke of His leading her.

One story she shared was of her early years of fund raising with OMS. While driving through  the Iowa countryside, her car ran out of gas. This was before cell phones and there was not a pay phone in sight.  She walked to a nearby farm, looked around for help, but no one was home. While standing at her car, praying about what to do next, God prompted her to check  to see if the farm house door was unlocked. Finding the door unlocked she called out. No response. God again prompted her to go inside to search for a phone. 

While she was looking for the phone she saw several missionary prayer cards displayed on the hutch.  “Here I am in a home that prays for missionaries!” she thought. She found the phone and contacted a friend who lived nearby. Then, she left a handmade wooden heart box on the table, along with her prayer card and a note thanking the family for the use of their phone. 

As a woman of prayer, Valeene often shared stories of God’s leading which were also written into prayer tracts so that the world of OMS could read them too.

Valeene dedicated her life to God as a single woman and purposefully used her time to mentor and encourage young people during every stage of her life and ministry. Whether she was serving as dorm mother for the OMS Haiti MKs in Port-au-Prince, Dean of women at Vennard College, music in Mahogany (traveling Haitian choir), program director for Radio 4VEH’s FM Stereo 95, and prayer coordinator for OMS’ World Intercessors, she truly loved serving the Lord.

Since retiring from Haiti in the late 1990’s, Valeene has volunteered with the prayer ministry at  OMS World Headquarters, also planning worship monthly for OMS’ half day of prayer. With her experience in radio programing and music training, she understands the important role that music can play in preparing  hearts for prayers.

From her simple challenge of “Give a Good Day” to sharing the wisdom God has given her over the years, Valeene’s life of genuine faith daily continues to overflow with music, prayer, and God’s Word.      

November 22, 2015 Melony Evans’ Heart to Heart

This article is from  Jane’s Daughter, Melony Evans

 Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 –  

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

August 23, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Wisdom of a child……

Unknown author          

A little boy’s dog became old and ill and the family felt it was time to have the vet put him to sleep.

Shane seemed to accept his dogs transition without any difficulty or confusion. The family sat together for a while after the dog went to sleep, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,  ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

-When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.   Stretch before rising.   Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.      Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent,

sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

I do think we can learn from our friendly pets. We who know Christ of all people  should be a true friend to others.

Proverbs 18:24  “ A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”                                     …jane.wpatch.com

June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 28, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

A Tribute to Elizabeth Elliot Gren

I can recall like it was yesterday, while living and Chicago Ave. in Evanston, Il.   We were living in a small apartment  and Ken was still in the Navy.  I loved to listen to Moody Bible Institute’s radio station WMBI.   Suddenly the news broke of the death of the 5 missionaries martyred in Quito, Ecuador.

I have been so blessed by Elisabeth Elliot and over the years I followed her life and ministry.

 I have a collection of many of her writings and often refer to them as I counsel other ladies.

The following article is about this highly respected Christian woman’s life from  The Gospel Coalition. Current Events by Joe Carter

1. Elisabeth Howard) was born in Belgium,  her parents were missionaries. She attended Wheaton College where she studied classical Greek to enable her to work in the area of unwritten languages during her future missionary work.

2. At Wheaton, Elisabeth met Jim Elliot. After graduation, and for five years before their engagement, Jim and Elisabeth served in different parts of Ecuador. Eventually she accepted Jim’s marriage proposal and the condition attached to it: to learn the Ecuadorian Quichua language before they got married.

In 1953, Jim and Elisabeth married in Quito, Ecuador and continued their work in that nation where Jim wanted to enter the territory of an unreached tribe, the Aucas, a fierce group who had killed previous workers. Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death. (as told in the book and movie, End of the Spear.)

4. Now alone with her 10-month-old daughter, Valerie, she continued to live among and minister to the Quichua tribe where she met two Auca women who lived with her and taught her the tribe’s language. She then went as a missionary to serve the tribe that killed her husband. While there the people gave Elisabeth the tribal name Gikari,(Woodpecker).

5. While in Ecuador, she wrote her story, Through Gates of Splendor, Shadow of the Almighty and The Savage, My Kinsmen. In 1963 she returned to the U.S.and  she began a career as a writer and speaker and authored 24 books.

6. For 13 years, she hosted a 12-minute radio program aimed at women called Gateway to Joy. She opened each episode by saying, “’You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ This is your friend, Elisabeth Elliot . . .”

7. In 1969, Elisabeth married Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts who died in 1973. After Leitch’s death Elisabeth had two lodgers who rented a room in her home: one of them married her daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married her.

8. Elisabeth’s life has been portrayed in a play (Bridge of Blood: Jim Elliot Takes Christ to the Aucas), a musical (Love Above All), and a film (End of the Spear).

9. In 2004 her health declined and she suffering from dementia. She stopped her program and that is where Nancy DeMoss began Revive Our Hearts. Her husband Lars Gren said Elliot has handled dementia just as she did the deaths of her husbands. [knowing] they were no surprise to God, something she would rather not have experienced, but she received it.”

Nancy DeMoss wrote:

” Elisabeth kept coming back to this message: “God doesn’t exist to meet our needs. Ultimately, He is God; He is worthy of our obedience, our worship, and our surrender to Him as Lord.   When I received the news that Elisabeth Elliot had gone to be with the Lord, I wept. It’s hard to describe the multitude of thoughts and emotions that those tears represented. To think of Elisabeth at Home with Christ makes the thought of heaven all the richer and sweeter.  She has received that welcome from Christ that we all long to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord.”  May the message she has written on so many of our hearts be one we write on the hearts of those who are coming behind us. And may He find us faithful, as was our friend Elisabeth Elliot—all the way to the finish line.”

A young mother named   Adrian Segal called Elisabeth Elliot her spiritual mother because she listened to her radio programs each day. “I am grateful Elisabeth Elliot devoted her life to doing this for women in my generation. In just minutes a day, she helped me love my husband better. She helped me raise happy and obedient children who love the Lord. She helped me see that my greatest calling is to live each day, each moment, doing the next thing to the glory of the Lord.”

These words of Elisabeth  meant a great deal to her.

 Elisabeth Elliot said:

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness”.

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“The deepest things that I have learned in my own life have come from the deepest suffering. And out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires have come the deepest things that I know about God.”

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“Trust Him and do the next thing.”

―Elisabeth Elliot

September 21, 2014     Jane’s Heart to Heart       …. Pastor’s Helpmate

It is Never Too Late to Change the course of your life….

Matthew 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, bap-tizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Ken’s father gave His life to the Lord in his 50’s and began studying for the ministry,  was ordained, and served as a pastor for 17 years. He preached from a chair the Wednesday night before his weak heart gave out he following Wed.  He spent himself for His Saviour.

My brother-in-law and his wife in their retirement years  took their RV and gave their lives to the Lord for His service as volunteers for a Christian organization that built churches. His wife Bille fixed meals for the workers for  YEARS.  Then Bill managed the camp grounds for Wycliff Bible Translators  and Billie volunteered  in the office for a while and then did alterations for people for a donation to the mission. They sang together also at various meetings. (I had the privilege of donating my commercial sewing machines to Wycliff which she used). When she developed Alzheimer’s they had to return home where they still were faithful as lay-workers in their local church. While they were able they did what they could to win people to the Lord. 

My mother in her retirement years was a faithful caller in the nursing homes and also took the leadership of  A Women’s Bible class for several years until her heart became too weak. My sister took also began teaching a  Bible class and she also has a ministry of her own to nursing homes.  She is faithfully trying to win people to Christ and bring  them to a closer walk with Christ.

My younger adopted Brother had many shortcoming in his youth, and as an adult surrendered to Christ.  Today he is volunteering his life with the Christian Motorcycle Association seeking to win others to Christ.

It is never too late to serve the Lord and become involved in winning people to Christ… Are the things you do a true ministry for Christ?  Have you ever led someone to a saving knowledge of Christ?  Ask yourself …Are the things I do from day to day a service for the Lord. What will these things that I do count for in eternity?

Whatever it takes, learn to share the gospel and lead others to the saving knowledge of Christ before it is too late.

Go ye into all the world and teach the Gospel. Matt. 28:18-20.

This is the great commission to Christians to share the Gospel.

What is the Gospel?   That Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again and is coming again.     Let’s not keep your faith a secret.