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.

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June 21, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Excerpts from Adrian Rogers’  sermon. “Father the Leader of the Band”

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. There is to be harmony in the home. Indeed, and who’s the leader, who orchestrates this wonderful music? Fathers.    Psalm 128 (NIV) contains a special message to fathers, so if you’re one, I’d like you to notice five wonderful truths to help you put music in your home. 

1.  The Father’s Labor   v. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. There’s something wonderful about honest work — providing for your family and coming home to enjoy what God has given.

2.The Companion That He Loves   v.3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;     A father’s companion is his faithful wife, because she clings to him like a vine clings to a wall. And a husband is to be to his wife what a wall is to a vine — her support and strength.

3.  The Children That He Leads  “your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” Did you know that the olive is a biblical symbol of fruitfulness and righteousness? An olive tree, if it is well established, can provide fruit for twenty generations.  If your wife is like a vine and your children are like olive plants, what is your role? You are to cultivate them!  Wise is the dad that understands that it is his duty and privilege to cultivate his wife’s love and meet her needs, and to cultivate his children and meet their needs.   The husband encourages and builds up his wife by shining His love and showering his affections upon her. 

4.  The Character That He Lives   Now, most people think happiness comes from marriage or money, success or fitness. The Bible says that the fear of God brings happiness.   And what does it mean to fear God? I like to think it is simply love on its knees. A  dad who fears God shows it by the way that he lives with integrity.

I Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Do you know the problem with many dads? They’re not content.  Dads, what do you want to be remembered for? The job you held? The yard you kept? The money you earned?. Wouldn’t you like them to say, “My dad feared God. My dad walked in the ways of God.” If not it is never too late to change those things and show your children how much you care for them out of your love for God.

5.  The Contribution That He Leaves     Look now at  vs. 4-6 — 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.  May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.  May you live to see your children’s children, peace be on Israel.

Oh what a blessing to see your children and grandchildren serving the Lord.  There is hope for you. Every child of God has a Father who loves them unconditionally and eternally. You can crawl up into His lap anytime, anywhere and get a hug. Take this truth from the Word of God and not only think on it, but hide it in your heart.

Psalm 128

1  Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.

You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
    your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.

Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.

May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.

June 7, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

June 7, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Last week we covered the importance of Praying for Your Husband….This week I want to talk about   PRAYERS FOR YOU, THE WIFE.  I want to read some suggested prayers today for you to pray before you begin your task of praying for your husband, leaders, and sons.

It is important that we, dear ladies pray for total surrender to our Lord and Saviour.  I truly believe many of us don’t pray because we do not know what to say.  I have told you before that I have been blessed by reading Scriptures as my prayers.  First you need to search the Scriptures for truths that you truly desire in your heart for yourself as a servant of Christ. If you want to be a servant…”if you want to go up,  go down”  “if you want to be first, be last” get on your knees and pray the verse I recited  last week Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” 

Another prayer that will help you to have a right perspective in your life is to pray the prayer that Christ prayed on the cross….. My what an example that is.  “Abba Father … He said, “Everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me, Yet, not what I will, but what you will.”   That is a hard prayer to pray when you have your heart set on something and really think it is a right thing. When you are in pain and want relief,  when you lose a loved one, or you praying for a prodigal child or perhaps  feeling guilty about something in your past, Lord, Help us to pray aright.

MY version goes like this, “Lord, this is what I want and what I think is right, but if it is not your will, Lord, slam the door hard and turn me around and lead me in the right direction.”

Prayers of Confession: These are important too. Before we can pray for anyone or anything else we must remember, I John 1:9 “ If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Now wait, this is written to Christians and it is not license to sin. It is a reminder that when we as Christians do sin we must come to HIM in sorrow and a repentant spirit asking forgiveness and strength to go on  and stop sinning. So when you do just that -confess and forsake – you can claim the victory and have JOY in your life.

Just a little list of sins to confess: Being critical, judgmental, lazy, unbelieving, fearful, gluttonous, unthankful, grumbling, sarcasmtic, resentful, angry, proud, lustful, independent, prayer-less, nagging, time-wasting, gossipy, slanderous, bitter, raging, lying, jealous, procrastinating. Or-perhaps we have not named yours yet, then just ask the Lord to reveal to you areas of sin in your life. Most important is to determine in your heart of hearts to be JOYFUL and praise the Lord for HIS peace and His truth and ask Him to help you to know that you are accepted by Him.  Claim the wonderful promises in His Word and do not allow satan for one moment  to cause you to doubt God’s wonderful love for you and His ability to meet your EVERY need.   

I have been blessed  while preparing these studies May – June by a little book I found on the internet several years ago…by  Lylah Ledner with Women in Touch Ministries. Inc. 1999 and of course my studies with Nancy DeMoss.

May 17, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   ….Pastor’s Help Mate

My Darling, Best Friend, and Husband of 60 years this Dec.24.

Faithful Provider – 25 years studying, working, being a pastor, teaching, so that he could support his family while ministering in struggling works which could not pay a full-time wage. While a Chaplain in Viet Nam he wrote me a letter every day and even sent some of his living money home in addition to our dependency allotment. When he got home from VietNam he immediately found any honest job… One doing a Corn Huskers Lotion survey dressed in bib overalls and a straw hathe gave them a $10 bill if they could produce a bottle of Corn Huskers in the house, three times work several total years as a church custodian in 4 separate churches including Catholic, Two Methodist, and a Baptist church in conjunction with pastoring his own church,  We always joked about how those other churches were supporting our ministry.

Timely Even when working full time, attending college and seminary he was always  there when he said he would be there and still is… When he is out calling or on an errand…most of the time right on the minute I could plan the meal and have it ready and the kiddies could watch out the window.     The kids tease him still because  he always gave fair warning when he would depart saying “5 minutes” or  “2 minutes or in the car at 8:34. (Why I love living next door)  Beginning in the morning he somehow calculates just how much time it takes to go to Kies house or to see Evelyn in Jackson or  to fix the light in the sign.  If he is running late I can be pretty sure he had a problem and with  the cell phone I will receive a call even if he is only a mile away.    Since I have been pretty much on liquids and he knows how satisfying McDonald Frozen Yogurt is for me, he will bring one packed in the cooler a special way to keep it cold and a “sorry”  if it tips en route.  Thank you, Honey.

Patience – Though he was not always a patient waiter he never kept us waiting if he could possibly help it. When we go to WalMart on Monday morning I ‘jump” on a scooter and go my way and he goes his and when we have had ample time we try to meet in the grocery department to finish up together.  I watch for his black Russian hat and the box with the bottled water in the cart. Last week I zoomed back and forth and could not find him  in  his usual places and finally decided to go to the front to see if he was there– sure enough, looking back and forth Patiently waiting and when I apologized he assured me it was only a few minutes. 

Selfless – He has never had a hobby or night out with the guys. His love is the ministry, serving God, his family and helping people to find Christ and earnestly wants to be there for you in the hard times.

Servant – helps with laundry – holding up one of my shrunken sweaters- suggested that our youngest g-gr-daughter, Keira might be the right size.  When finishing dishes often delights in exasperating me by piling them around the whole counter in precarious positions… Which he doesn’t do as much since my  shaky hands and failing vision cause me to knock them over and break them….. 

Oh, well, Nobody is perfect  but today is His birthday and he is a “Basket Case when it comes to gift shopping,   but his stedfast faithfulness, patience and love shown to me exemplifies this Scripture:

“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7)

Happy Birthday, I love you, Sweetheart!