June 11, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

A STRONG FAITH?

For over sixty-one years I have taught children and young people in Sunday school,  many years teaching school, working with children, parents, and people in our ministries and various jobs. These experiences have caused me to desire to study counseling for many years. But even with all the studies of all the different techniques and theories about counseling, coaching, and psychology, I always have been drawn back to the Word of God and the fact that God’s Word has the answer to every problem mankind has or will ever experience.

When I taught Sunday School I always liked to help children understand faith by using the example of sitting in a chair.  I would place a chair in the center of the room and ask for a volunteer to come to sit in the chair.   Of course, children love an opportunity to participate in things, especially if it is easy and they are confident that they can do it without embarrassment or failure.

Little Joey, who was usually the first to volunteer to help, raised his hand grinning from ear to ear, and when I nodded permission, he jumped up from his place and hurried over to the chair and plopped himself into the seat and put his little feet up on the rungs and smiled confidently.

I thanked him for helping me and motioned for him to return to his seat and I  set about to reenact for the others what this brave child, did not do.

I pointed out to the other children that Joey didn’t tip-toe over to the chair quietly, cautiously, with fear that it would snap at him, or reach out and grab at him or harm him. He did not reach out slowly to make sure that it was not hot, wet, or rough,  which might cause him to ruin his clothes or get slivers in his fingers.   Joey did not turn the chair over to see if all the screws were tight or even take hold of the chair to test it first.  He also did not keep getting up and shake or recheck the chair to make sure it would continue to hold his weight.

In a humble way, this illustration describes faith. When we believe God, and take Him at his Word and accept Him into our lives as individuals, we need to trust Him to take care of us and we need not be fearful.

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

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

Perhaps your faith is weak because you are not faithful. The Word of God says, “Faith without works is dead.”   James 2:14-26  Study this passage,  this week.

Little Joey, raised his hand and volunteered, because he was on familiar ground, had sat in many of the chairs and was a frequent volunteer.   What are you doing to cause you to be more involved in serving your Saviour?  Have you experienced the JOY of serving Jesus? A strong faith comes through serving.  Ask pastor for a job.

Ephesians 2:8  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 

Faith is just believing

what God says

He will do;

He will never fail us;

His promises are true.

If we but receive Him,

His children we become;

Faith is just believing this wondrous thing is done.

 

W. B. Liggett – 1947

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?

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?

SCRIPTURE WRITING TOOLS

SCRIPTURE WRITING TOOLS

Ideas for writing the Scriptures….

This year of 2016 I decided to write Scriptures…. even in Nov. of 2015 I began writing in a journal the suggested Thanksgiving 30 Day Scriptures Writing Plan.   and then the Christmas Plan .

Then after writing those, I decided to begin in January 2016  Writing Scripture as part of my daily Bible reading Plan.

I was also directed by a friend to try Journibles which I truly loved but decided on my budget that I would just purchase a quantity of composition books on sale for 50 cents each.

Along with writing, I also tried a bit of calligraphy and art but with my tremor that did not work out..

In March I developed a serious bout with Vertigo and I have had to reduce my writing to about 6-10 Scriptures a day.  Yet, I still enjoy this exercise in the Word so much.

My vertigo has made it hard for me to find my place and today I made a template, to frame the verse to make it easier to focus on the verse I am writing.

THY WORD HAVE I HIS IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.

PSALM 199:11

March 13, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

This is the testimony of Liza Miller who has a BS in Biblical Counseling from Bob Jones University and is a wife and a mother of two little boys. She and her husband Phil are now members at Northeastern Baptist in Kalamazoo, serving the Lord faithfully.

LIZA’S TESTIMONY

In the last week of January of 1993, I was attending a revival meeting at Northwest Valley Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. Although I had grown up believing in God the Father, in His Son Jesus’ death and resurrection, and in the Holy Spirit, it was all a head knowledge that did not affect my life very much. Also, I grew up thinking that, in addition to believing in God, it was necessary for me to do certain good works in order to earn my way into heaven.

While attending Northwest Valley for a couple years as a preteen, I learned many truths from the Bible that I had not previously understood. I learned that God is the holy Creator of all things and that my sin separated me from God. I also learned that the punishment for my sin was eternal death in hell and in the lake of fire. The Scriptures also teach that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life fulfilling all of God’s laws and that He died on the cross for our sins and that Christ rose again to life three days later. In addition, I learned that God offers eternal life to those who trust in His Son by FAITH, by faith alone. “For by grace are you saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, NOT of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Since I really did want to be saved from my sin, I asked God to save me. However, I wasn’t sure if I was praying the right words, so I kept on asking God to save me again and again.

Then, in January of 1993, during revival week at Northwest Valley, everything changed! As I sat listening to Evangelist Steve Pettit, he said that God is not a liar. Steve said that God promises, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). He said that if we call on the Lord to be saved, he will save us; and then . . . as we grow in Christ, the assurance of our salvation will grow. IT ALL MADE SENSE THAT EVENING! God gave me the understanding that it was NOT the prayer that I prayed that saved me but it was only BELIEVING and TRUSTING in Jesus’ death and resurrection which would grant me eternal life. No good works could ever save me, including the prayers I prayed. So, that evening I asked God to forgive me of my sins and trusted in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I called on the Lord, and He saved me. I have not had one single doubt of my salvation since that night. It has been crystal clear to me from so many Scriptures that God is the One who saved me and the One who keeps me; my salvation is based on what Jesus Christ did for me, not because of anything that I have ever done.

I praise the Lord for the new birth that He provided for me 23 years ago!!

Have you been born again?

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.”

Jan. 25, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart ……Pastor’s Help-Mate

Jan. 25, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart ……Pastor’s Help-Mate

Words of Love  #1

On August 24, 2000,  a 46 year old woman tossed a burning match onto the ground when she stopped by the road to light a cigarette.  As she confessed later, rather than putting out the burning match, she just glanced at it and left the area.

Over eighty-thousand acres of valuable timber burned.. Janice Stevenson, was arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. She pled guilty to second-degree arson, was sentenced to twenty-five  years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $42,204,155.48 [CNN.com Sept. 2000].

Hearing this story we might say, How could she leave a burning match in a dry forest?”  Yet according to the Scriptures this is what we do daily when we do not guard our tongues. 

James 3:5-6  “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.      

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

Personally, I often talk without thinking how  the one receiving the words may feel. I may not intend to hurt, yet my words could cause great damage like the burned forest.  It might take years to restore.

Proverbs 15:4 “A gentle tongue is a tree of life but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”   Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Wholesome words give life.

Many times we are blind to the affect of our words. Let us pray that the Lord will open our eyes to ways that our words are hurtful or damaging. The next time you think to say something that might hurt… Pause, pray, and try to rephrase what you  say to uplift and encourage that person.

Proverbs 10:20-21 (NIV)The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Here I paraphrase Germaine Copland’s Prayers That Avail Much for Women

Lord, help me to let go of all bitterness and bad temper and  anger.  Thank you for being my Wonderful Counselor and thank you for helping me to be forgiving and with the help of Your Holy Spirit I can get rid of all bitterness. My desire is to be holy so that others can see You in me. In Jesus name, Amen

Part 1: PSALM 23:1a … “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD”

Jane’s Heart to Heart                  …….Pastor’s Helpmate

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Psalm 23:1a

The Shepherd and The Sheep  

Several years ago at the MARBC Conference (1999) I received a complimentary copy of a children’s book entitled: COMFORT FOR A CHILD’S HEART, The Twenty-third Psalm and Bible Promises written and illustrated by David and Helen Haidele.  While we were ministering at the Jonesville Baptist Church I compiled a series of lessons on the 23rd Psalm using some of the illustrations in that book. For the next few weeks I want to capsulize these lessons and share them with you.

In 2008 I started crocheting Loopie Lambs for our grandchildren for Christmas using ONE OF Vana White’s patterns. I made fifteen of them.

I actually only made one this size.. (most of you have met Arnie, ) because of the difficulty and cost of making the loops. So the rest were about half that size.

This year I realized that we had two more grandchildren and  eleven greats plus three more on the way, who did not have a lamb.  After making five of them my arthritis in my thumb and wrist prohibited my making any more and one of our daughters asked…. “Why don’t you make something a little easier,” and sent   a link to a darling  crocheted bunny with a little blanket.

I told her that the reason that I want them to have the lamb was for a reminder that  “The Lord Is their Shepherd and they are His sheep.” I also included a short story about the 23 Psalm for their parents to read to them.

I searched on the internet and found some little lambs that were reasonable and bought enough for the rest of the children and those on the way and embellished them a bit to personalize them.

Psalm 23:1 A “The LORD is my shepherd…”

Let’s talk – Who is the LORD?   He is the One who made the universe…the stars, the planets, apples and butterflies, owls and lions.  The LORD  made you and me and knows our every need.  The LORD  gave His only begotten Son to die on the Cross for us, the sheep.  His Son,  JESUS was also called the “Lamb of God”, John the Baptist said so when he saw Jesus coming… “Behold the Lamb  of God,  who taketh away the SIN of the world.”.

So, who is the Shepherd?  Jesus said, “ I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep… And I lay down My life for the sheep.” John 10:11-15.   The shepherd is one who watches over sheep and takes care of them. The shepherd never takes time off.  Sheep are helpless and need the Shepherd always. The Lord Jesus is the good Shepherd. He gave up His life for you because He loves you and cares for you just as a shepherd cares for one of his lambs.  He knows your name. He wants to be your shepherd.  Sheep know the shepherd’s voice.  They follow no one but their shepherd.  Just like a sheep, you can learn to know and trust Jesus as your Good Shepherd and you can learn to follow him and do what He tells you. You know – the more hurried our pace the less we experience our “Shepherd”.  If left to ourselves we will go until be fall down from exhaustion.

Do you trust Jesus as your Lord and Shepherd?

How often do you take time to be close to Jesus through prayer and Bible Reading ?

Get to know Him! You are one of His precious Lambs.

He speaks to us through our reading His Word.

How do we follow Him? …Through obedience to His Word.

                THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD