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

PERFECT PEACE

Devotional by Tom Simcox of “Friends of Israel Today”,  February 22, 2017

I’ve heard the word peace since I was a child. I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s, and the desire for peace figured prominently into the psyche of that generation. Peace symbols were everywhere: on pants, jackets, signs, and posters, to name a few. Even song lyrics and television commercials spoke of peace.

Yet, like today, there was little peace in the world. There were riots on our college campuses, demonstrations at our nation’s capital; racial tension plagued America. Many prominent political and social leaders were murdered. Sounds like today. Our world desperately craved peace, begged for it, and sang about it. But what everyone claimed to desire the most is still noticeably absent from the world—and from most lives.

The prophet Isaiah lived in the late eighth century BC, before the birth of Jesus. His message was true when he recorded it; it was true in the ’60s; and it is still powerful and true today: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you” (Isa. 26:3).

The Hebrew word for “peace” here is shalom. It is the traditional greeting for hello and goodbye in Israel. The Lord, the God of Israel, is telling the world peace can only come from one source: Him. “You [God] will keep him [anyone who trusts in the Lord through a personal relationship with Him] in perfect peace.” How does such peace occur? If our minds are “stayed on” Him (completely resting and firmly trusting the Lord, without reservation). We obtain peace by focusing on the Lord.

The world is looking for peace, but it’s looking in all the wrong places. What we need is simply to turn toward the one true God and to trust in Him, as small children trust their parents.

When my youngest daughter was a toddler, she would often greet me as I walked in the door, shouting, “Daddy!” Then she’d jump off the stairs into my arms, fully expecting I would catch her. She trusted that her daddy would not drop her or let her get hurt.

As adults, we take a seat without questioning if the chair will hold us. It’s a chair; it’s designed to hold people. So we sit. We trust the chair. We need to trust in the Lord with our hopes, our dreams, our families, our future, our lives. Only then will we have shalom, the peace we so desperately long for.

ARE YOU TRUSTING HIM!

November 27, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Thanksgiving is past.  You have already had some leftover turkey sandwiches or pot pie. Yes, today some of you may still choose some turkey at our dinner.

But let’s remember that our Thanksgiving should be, an all year around event.

In the morning when I rise, Give me Jesus. You can have all this world but, Give me Jesus.

You can choose to say,In the morning, when I rise, Give Me Jesus.  When I am alone,   Give me Jesus…You can have all this world, Give me Jesus. When I come to die, Give me Jesus.”

Early in your life you can choose as Mrs Ruth Graham did,  you too can choose Christ for you center, your home, your purpose your example and your vision.   

Songwriters: Moses Hogan

Give Me Jesus lyrics © Hal Leonard Corporation

We can all make that choice today.

Psalm 72:18-19   “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things, and blessed be his glorious name forever and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen and Amen.

I Will Praise Him Still

When the morning comes on the farthest hill

I will sing His name, I will praise Him, still.

When dark trials come and my heart is filled

With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him, still.

(Chorus)

For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save

From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,

And He gave us life in His perfect will,

And by His good grace, I will praise Him, still.

Fernando Ortega

Album: This Bright Hour

Released: 1997

Genre: Christian/gospel

Today at our church was Gideon Sunday….

Gideon International  Motto

“Let.s Spread the Good News”              Judges 7

Gideon was a man who was willing to do exactly what God wanted him to do, regardless of his own judgment as to the plans or results. Humility, faith, and obedience were his great elements of character. This is the standard that The Gideons International is trying to establish in all its members, each man to be ready to do God’s will at any time, at any place, and in any way that the Holy Spirit leads.

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