June 18, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….                    Pastor’s Help Mate

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Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

The father absence crisis in America is real. When we talk about father absence, we mention the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistic that 24 million children—one out of three—live without their dad in the home

Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers.

In 2007, 52 percent of prisoners were parents. This amounts to 1.1 million absent fathers and 120,000 absent mothers—impacting 2.7 million children—within the prison system alone. That’s more prison-induced, single-parent children than three times the population of San Francisco.

More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father.  Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.

Prison Ministry

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may rest assured He has a plan for their life after they are released or even if they are in prison for life, and it is a good plan to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may not be bitter toward anyone who played a part in their incarceration (friends, family, law enforcement, judicial, the administration of the prison or correctional officers).

The answer to this is not more prisons.  It is not locking people up and “throwing away the key.”  It is not even the death penalty, as studies have shown that even this does not effectively deter crime.  The answer is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the demonstration of power!

Prisoners need regeneration not rehabilitation–and Jesus has commissioned His followers to reach beyond the barbed wire fences and steel bars to touch the lives of men and women bound by the shackles of sin.

The mandate for prison ministry is clear in God’s Word, both by scripture and example.

SCRIPTURE: The greatest scriptural mandate for prison ministry is given in Matthew 25:31-40.  Jesus said: `…..for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  `I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

EXAMPLE:

Jesus Christ Himself is our example for prison ministry.  One of the main targets of Christ’s ministry was prisoners: To open blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.  (Isaiah 42:7)

Jesus declared: “eThe spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”. . .  (Isaiah 61:1)

Even while dying on Calvary’s cross, Jesus took time to reach out in love and concern to a prisoner.   As a result, that convicted criminal experienced God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. During the time between His death and resurrection, we are told that Jesus ” . . . went and preached to the spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:19).

Unfortunately, despite the clear Biblical injunction and Christ’s example to minister to prisoners, many believers prefer to pass by on the other side of the street, as did the religious leaders in the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:29-37).

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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July 31,  2016   Melony’s Blog   …Preacher’s Helper

Article by our Daughter Melony Evans

“Little children, keep yourself from idols. “

This was the verse that kept playing in my head. It started earlier this week while we were on vacation.

Maybe the primitive living conditions of camping in the wild had gotten my attention. Whatever it was I wanted to know more about this verse. I took some time to read the other verses of this passage to help get a clearer picture of what God’s Word was presenting.

I was surprised to find this verse was at the very close of the chapter. It is the finale of  the book of 1 John.

For me, this verse was a warning, even a rebuke. It was saying to me, “Keep idols, keep the junk out of your life.”

An idol is anything that I am absorbed with. Whatever I spend my money on. Whatever consumers my thinking.

I need to focus instead on the One who is to be my all in all. I need to rip away all the things that I think about more than Him. I need to turn away from all the things I give myself to, dream about, worship more than Him. My other focus needs to be the lost and hurting people who are all around me. I dare not turn away!

Earlier in the book of 1 John there are repetitive directives about what real love is.  Real love for God is keeping His commandments. Real love is not a burden when it comes to obeying God’s commandments. We do not obey Him out of fear but because we truly love Him. Real believers really love. Real lovers of Jesus love others. The measure of our love for Him can be measured by the love we have for others.

Verses 16 & 17 of chapter 3 says, “By this we know love, that He laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide on him?”

Scary stuff. Am I really so connected to my Saviour that I can give up my life, my health, my happiness, my stuff, my time, my comfort for my brother who has a need? Do I really love Him? Or do I spend my life stockpiling goodies that I can enjoy with my children and closest friends?

My prayer is that God will be able to change my selfish heart. I pray that God’s Holy Spirit will take away all my foolish pretense and give me a hunger and thirst for a life that is free to follow God, free to give away what I hold dear, free to get to know those around me, free to lay down all the idols and be all I can be; be like Jesus.

December 20, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    … Pastor’s Help Mate

It seems  that in this day and age we are trying to make Jesus into an icon.  Some say they are “Jesus people” or refer to God as “the man upstairs”, or “Daddy” and other trite expressions. I do not want to question their motives, but for me I prefer to address the Lord with respect and honor.  How  we who love our Saviour must guard ourselves from using God’s name carelessly.

We don’t address Him as “Jesus the Great”. He is not the “Great” —he is the Only. There is nobody like him. He has no rival and no successor. 

“Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

I would like to say these thoughtful worshipful words by Pepper Choplin,  from Night of the Father’s Love.  Lorenz 2010

FALL ON YOUR KNEES    

Come see the child, He is here by the fire.

Silently come draw near the manger side.

Look in His face and see the world’s salvation,

And feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Open your eyes now the Holy star is rising

Rays of the light will shine to touch your soul

Open your heart to the glory and the wonder

Feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Fall on you knees

Oh hear the Angel voices

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

Come now and fall on your knees

As you worship in His presence

Thanks be to God you have found the Holy child

Blessed are all who have seen the Lord’s salvation

Come and lift your voice,

Let your heart rejoice

Then with the Prince of Peace

Fall on your knees, Fall on your knees.

December 20, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

A COMPELLING REVELATION

Jon Swanson, Tom and Marion Kies son-in-law, & Nancy’s husband is a pastor and teacher and posts what he calls “300 words” on a  weekday  blog. 

Since he would be on a tour out of the country he asked for 14 people to post an article in his place answering the question,  “What story related to Jesus is most compelling for you?” The following is what I wrote and he graciously published.

Luke 1:26-55     A Compelling Revelation:

A young virgin is confronted with a humiliating decision by an angel who told her  she had found favor with God and that she would have a  baby boy and name him Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High.  This young lady told the Angel that she was a virgin and did not understand how this could be. 

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…. Just as your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age…. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary’s Precious Submission

In humble submission she immediately replied, “I am the Lord’s servant…. May it be to me as you have said.”

Then she hurried to tell her dear friend and cousin, Elizabeth the news whose own baby leaped in her womb before Mary even said a word. She too was filled with the Holy Spirit and said “you are blessed because you have believed what the Lord has said will be accomplished.”

Mary said these precious submissive words to the Lord….

– My soul does magnify the Lord    – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

– He cares for me   – all generations will call me blessed

– Holy is His name    – He is merciful to all who fear Him

-He has performed mighty deeds  – scattered those with proud hearts – brought down rulers  – lifted up the humble  – fed the hungry     sent the rich away empty   – Helped his servant Israel   – was Merciful to Abraham.

In this way Mary, the mother of God displayed her love and submission to the will of God in spite of her “circumstances”. 

Compelling us to Trust God’s Sovereignty

May 3, 2015    JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 3, 2015    JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

The Name of Jesus means: Jehovah Saves

Isn’t that an exciting thought.   Think about it.  There is Power in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I  love that song:

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Phil. 2:9..  Jesus not only came and died for our sin He also came to take away the penalty, Yes, He can even take away the love of sin and yes, one day even the presence of sin.

“There is Power in the Name of the Lord.”

Crowds have lined the narrow street
To see this man from Galilee
Just a carpenter some say, leading fools astray
Yet many kneel to give Him praise

And in His eyes, they glimpse the power
That sees the heart of all men
And He knows His Father’s mind
He speaks His Father’s words
For He comes in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

When my plans have fallen through
And when my strength is nearly gone
When there’s nothing left to do but just depend on You
And the power of Your name

And as we call upon Your name
Your strength through weakness to show
We can know the masters plan extend the masters hand
When we come in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

His name will be worshiped forever
Creator, Redeemer and King

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
And there is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes, blessed is He, who comes
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord
In the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord

Jesus!


RAYMOND BROWN, RAGAN COURTNEY, CAMP KIRKLAND

PUBLISHED BY LYRICS © THE LORENZ CORPORATION

What Do You Do When You Wake In The Night ?

Don’t count sheep …. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbe one.. follow the Shepherd. What do you do when you wake in the night…? A good question might be …Lord what would you have me to do..? Prayer? … have a prayer list ready…(my sweet hubby has his list memorized)… Read the Scriptures so,that He can speak to you. Have on hand some good devotional books that will encourage and strengthen your faith. …suggestions…Nancy Demoss’s The Quiet Place available at ReviveOurHearts.com   Our Daily Bread.com , (Last quarter they had a free offer for a nice devotional book of which I took advantage)…. Streams in the Dessert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman…(there are several)… Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost for His Highest…. Truly, ladies, we are without excuse. There is so much available to us….we can even listen to the Word of God. i have the Bible on CD. And I love to listen as I read because Of my visual difficulties I have difficulty, keep my mind on my reading and the audio is a great heal to keep me focused. Another book That is helpful to me is Prayers That Avail Much by Germaine Copeland….mostly Scriptures…

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS

Today I finally ventured out to take a walk very casually since my toe nail removal and then two weeks later I walked into a chair and got a hairline fracture of one the small bones above my fourth toe.

I keep telling myself that I am going to start walking.  Not a hard fast walk, just a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful our-of-doors.

Several  trees are in bloom now, There are forsythia blossoms on both sides of the entry to our little village and a few flowers are popping there heads out.  It was  a blessing to be able to breath in the fresh air.

There is a nice little playground over by the Riverside apartments, and I decided to take the sidewalk to that and walked out on the basketball court over to the edge of the woods.  The birds were singing joyfully and I could see the water standing in the woods (probably the source of the mosquitos who torture us when we try to sit out in the swing in the evening).

I returned home after about forty-five minutes and sat down to do some bookwork and our granddaughter, Hillary, called and asked if she and sister Lois could bring some dresses to alter for a wedding for which they will be bridesmaids on the 16th of May.

They said they would pay me, but having them come with Hillary’s two little boys, Riley and Wyatt,  Lois and her friend Ben was pay enough for me.  As  matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive. 

Just before they arrive I received a call on our alert phone and one of the residents needed an ambulance, so a hurriedly contacted “911” and gave them directions, then hurriedly grabbed my let-in key and went to direct.  By the time I was finished and on the way back to our apartment, Hillary drove into the parking lot.

After fitting the girls and marking the hem it was about time for lunch so I quickly made up some chicken salad and we had lunch together.

Our apartment was pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which our son-in-law is going to refinish for her. I had it standing on end in the corner in our bedroom.

I was happy when Ben took opportunity to flex his muscles as he picked it up and once he was outside raised it over his head and took it out to the van. 

After they left I checked my email and followed a link to our son, Ken’s, site

http:/wwwkenpierpont,com  and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted today.

Then this evening our son Nathan contacted me through chats for a video chat and I was able to see and chat with all of them.

Today we also heard from each of the other children by email. 

My children and grandies are bringing me more JOY than I could have ever imagined and as I have said many times when the children ask what I want or need for a special day I truthfully had to say and will repeat again at this Mother’s day season.  “My greatest JOY is for them to serve God and be in the very center of His will every day”.  

They always interpreted that as “Be Good”.

I pray for all of them every day and though I would love to have them all closer geographically, I am thankful that they are close to God and faithful to HIM.  This is my JOY.

Some might interpret being in the center of HIS will, as being a preacher or a missionary or in full-time Christian ministry, but I mean being close to God everyday… There is no such thing as a “part time child of God”. It must be all or nothing.

Lord, Make me an Instrument  of love, peace, and joy and an example to all my children and grandchildren.

On Mother’s day I sang “To Be Like Jesus”, praying that I could encourage mother’s to live in such a way that their children would see Jesus in their daily lives and then the children too would have a desire to honor HIM in their own lives.

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

TO BE LIKE JESUS

 Dick and Melody Tuney

A LITTLE GIRL IS BEGGING FOR AFFECTION

A LITTLE BOY NEEDS A HAND TO HOLD

AND OH, HOW HE LOVES THOSE LITTLE CHILDREN;

HOW HE LONGS TO BE A FRIEND 

TO YOUNG AND OLD.

HIS TENDER SPIRIT WELCOMES ALL WHO SEEK HIM;

HIS GIVING HEART ASKS NOTHING IN RETURN.

AND I HAVE FOUND HIS PROMISES FAITHFUL;

I SEEK TO LIVE MY LIFE THAT I MAY LEARN 

TO BE LIKE  JESUS, 

TO BE LIKE JESUS,

TO BE THE ONE I WAS CREATED TO BE

TO BE LIKE JESUS, TO BE LIKE JESUS,

MAY ALL WHO SEE MY HEART 

FIND HIM IN ME.

WHEN I RECEIVED HIS SALVATION;

HIS HEAV’NLY LOVE FILLED MY EARTHLY SOUL,

AND I BECAME A NEW CREATION

MY BROKENNESS HE MADE COMPLETELY WHOLE      

AND THRO’ THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD

I’VE BEEN COMMISSIONED.

TO BE A LIGHT THAT SHINES
FOR HIM ALONE

SURROUND BY HIS INFINITE MERCY,

MAY MY LIFE ALWAYS BE KNOWN. 

TO BE LIKE  JESUS,    TO BE LIKE JESUS,

TO BE THE ONE

 I WAS CREATED TO BE

TO BE LIKE JESUS, 

TO BE LIKE JESUS,

MY ONLY EARTHLY GOAL FULFILL

WHEN I’M CENTERED IN HIS WILL

MAY ALL WHO SEE MY LIFE

FIND HIM IN ME

IN ME