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?

March 19, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

March 19, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   

Our son Ken posted this quote on his FaceBook a few weeks ago.

“Spending this quiet evening with an old friend, Fred Craddock.”

I was curious who that was and did a google search on my computer.  Fred Craddock was Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church from rural Tennessee. Disciples of Christ. Fred  Craddock, was called a ‘preaching genius’, He died at 86 in 2015.  He had a way of saying the most profound things like this nugget:

“I know I need to be scolded. I need to be corrected. I need to be instructed and exhorted and I need to be called to repentance. But I also need for you, the preacher, to take me by the hand and let me walk off the size of my inheritance as a child of God. I need every now and then to run my fingers through the unsearchable riches of the treasury of God’s grace, sing the doxology, and go home.”

I know personally, that I love to be in church. I don’t like to look at the clock or think about the time. I like to apply the words of the songs to myself.  I love the fellowship of my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.  I love to hear the Word of God preached.  I love to pray for the pastor and the musicians and the congregation for the filling of the Holy Spirit during the service.

But on the other hand, I also do not want to be guilty of just being a sponge. Let me ask you, Are you doing your part to make it possible for someone else to be in the service?  Have you offered to bring them to church and take them out to lunch after church? Are you thinking or praying for someone that you know needs to be in church?  Have you ever prayed during the service  that someone will put their trust in Christ or perhaps someone will renew their walk with Christ?  Would you come forward with them?   What do you do each week to pray, invite, or encourage others to come to Christ?

This is the real reason we need to be in church.  Not just to soak it in, but to share it with others who need Christ in their lives.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

March 6, 2016     Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

March 6, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Faith

The word “faith” is sometimes misunderstood. Faith is not static, it does not remain the same. It is not just a one time event that occurs at conversion. Let’s look at the Biblical definition of faith in II Peter together. We’re talking about Growing in Grace and Truth For Life

2 Peter 1:1-7  (KJV)

1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:   2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,   3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:   4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.   5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;   6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;   7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.   8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The words barren and unfruitful are talking about you  leading a person to  Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  Do you witness to others, have you lead your children to Christ.   What if I asked for those to raise their hands today who have led someone to trust Christ as their own personal Savior?   What if I asked do you know what to do if someone asked you to show them how to be saved?  Can others see the fruit on your spiritual tree? Do they want some of that fruit?  We need to be able to share the truth of the Gospel. What are you doing for the Lord?  Or is you tree barren?

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

This verse is saying that if you could not say yes to the above questions that you are blind and you have forgotten that you personally have been born again.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

What things?  The statements in verse eight. You are going to have spiritual children so to speak.  And you are going to be out there sharing the gospel daily.

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the

everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I see this verse saying, that  this is how we have Peace and JOY in our daily lives,

by sharing the Gospel and winning others to Christ.  

The time is short, we need to win the lost, before it is eternally too late.

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Memories of My Mother
When I was in the third grade my parents were divorced. My mother,  my elder brother and sister and I were living in the apartment of a dear Christian lady, Mrs. Rice, in Dowagiac, MI.  My parents, having been divorced just under a year,  we later learned that because of the prayers of this Godly woman and my grandmother Shipley, my sister and me, my parents got back together and remarried and  we  moved to Sister Lakes a few miles out of town.

Two years later when Mrs. Rice became ill, my mother would sit with her off and on for several weeks whenever she could.  My sister and I attended the Calvary Bible Church and our pastor, Allen Robbins  had Mrs. Rice’s funeral.  There my  mother heard the gospel  and gave her life to the Lord.  My dad was saved as a boy but was not living for the Lord. When my mother got saved everything changed.  They both stopped drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes and they stopped swearing. When  family and friends came to see us  at the lake my folks asked them not to bring their alcohol and began to witness to them and informed them that we would all be in church on Sunday from then on.

Mrs. Rice’s family later gave my mother one of her little books –  “Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask” –Walters. In it were several little notes torn from a journal with prayers for my mother. Does God answer prayer?

Ruth and Bob Hoff were dear friends of my folks and Bob had suffered a stroke and was disabled and had a difficult time communicating. Then Ruth developed liver cancer and when she had to have surgery my folks helped out with some of Bob’s care while she had to be hospitalized.

I have one of my mother’s journals and I want to read some of the things she wrote  there.

“Taken From Ruth (Iles) Hoff’s kitchen”  – “I have been here all week with Bob — Ruth had major surgeryMonday, 30th of Jan– ’95.”  (I am assuming that these were plagues on Ruth’s kitchen wall.)

“To look around is to be distressed.   To look within is to be depressed.   To look up is to be blessed

“Many people treat their religion as a spare tire, they never use it except in an emergency”

” To know God’s will is life’s greatest treasure, to do God’s will is life’s greatest pleasure.

My mother also had this song in her journal that I had written and sang for Mother’s Day to the tune of “I Wonder, Have I Done My Best for Jesus?”  I recall her calling and asking me to give her the words.   Here they are.

I Wonder, Have I Been the Best of Mothers?

1. I wonder have I been the best of mothers. And taught my children how to pray

To read His word and trust in Christ the Saviour,

And follow Him along the narrow way.

2. I wonder have I cared for my dear children or have I let them fend alone?

I might have lead my children to the Saviour.

The precious seed of life I might have   sown.

Chorus: How many times I failed to read the Bible.

How many times was I too rushed to pray.

I wonder have I been the best example

And pointed them to Christ the WAY.

3. Do I go with my child to Sunday School or does he have to go alone?

Do I depend on teachers for his training

When I should show him daily in his home?

4. How many times I’ve flaunted God’s commandments,

Then prayed my child His will to do.

Lord, give me grace to make the rightful judgments

And see at last my child stand for Thee true.

Last Chorus: Dear Saviour, may you always be exalted…

Through my beloved children every day.

That of me at the last ‘twould be recorded

She pointed them to Christ, The Way.

Mother loved the Lord and loved people and often visited shut-ins in the nursing homes and loved to do for others.  She also enjoyed working  with flowers and plants. her home was full of plants of every kind and she often shared them with other people. She was a very giving person.

What a wonderful change in her life came when Jesus came into her heart….  Thank you Lord for such memories of my mother.

                                                                               

Jan. 11, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Jan. 11, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, born 1834 -died 1892 at the age of 58. He was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”.            

I would like to read excerpt from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1888

“Are you afraid that preaching the gospel will not win souls? Are you despondent as to success in God’s way? Is this why you pine for clever oratory? Is this why you must have music, and architecture, and flowers and millinery? [fancy speaking, the performance of music,  the building or how we dress?] After all, is it by might and power, and not by the Spirit of God?

I have shown you nothing but the cross, the cross without flowers of oratory, the cross without diamonds of ecclesiastical rank, the cross without the buttress of boastful science.   ……We beseech the people of God to mark that there is no need to try doubtful expedients and questionable methods. God will save by the gospel still: only let it be the gospel in its purity. This grand old sword will  split a rock in halves.

Do you see the scabbard of artistic work, so wonderfully elaborated? Full many keep the sword in this scabbard, and therefore its edge never gets to its work. Pull off that scabbard. Fling that fine sheath to Hades, and then see how, in the Lord’s hands, that glorious two-handed sword will mow down fields of men as mowers level the grass with their scythes.

There is no need to go down to Egypt for help. To invite the devil to help Christ is shameful. Please God, we shall see prosperity yet, when the church of God is resolved never to seek it except in God’s own way.”

I love that way of thinking, because our generation is so me-centered. It’s all about me; it’s about how I feel, what’s happening in my life, my circumstances, my problems, my desires, my happiness.

Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes   

“Christ is sufficient. We do not need “support groups” for each and every separate tribulation. The most widely divergent sorrows may all be taken to the foot of the same old rugged cross and find there cleansing, peace, and joy.”

Help us Lord to keep our eyes on the Cross and hide His Word in our hearts so that we will always be ready to tell others what Christ has done for us on the CROSS.

I Corinthians  1:18 “For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us that are saved it is the power of God.”