June 5, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart     … Pastor’s Help Mate

MY STORY: ROSALIE (Jovan) Quiambao of the Philippines.

We were born Catholic. My sister became a Christian first. It was in April 1990 when my sister invited me to come to church, and  I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Since then I wanted to know Christ more and eventually my parents became Christians too. We love our first church. It came from a church planting. Even up to now I still miss them.

God has always been faithful to us all of our lives.   Even when I was a kid I really didn’t have any plans to leave my country. When I grew up and started my own family, I still didn’t want to go anywhere else. My father, my grandma and I argued about it, because  it was their plan for me, especially my father, it was his dream for me to come to the USA.  Our family went through a great trial of our faith when a church leader betrayed our trust. The church and our family were greatly hurt and affected, but my husband and I continued to serve the Lord. I couldn’t forget what my father told me… He said…”Why do you still go to church? You don’t get anything  from it,” and I told him that I would prove to him that it was not worthless to serve my God. That time I prayed to God and asked Him to help me prove God to my father.

It wasn’t an easy journey, but I started applying to go to the USA, which I knew would never be easy for me, I had so much fear. I didn’t have enough money for all the exams that I had to take.  I didn’t feel I was intelligent enough to take it, but I kept holding on  to God’s promises to me in Isaiah 41:10  “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” and Joshua 1:9  “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  And God showed me and helped me in every step I took. 

It was a long process, it took me three years until August 5, 2005 when we finally came to the USA. But, I knew it shouldn’t end there, I started processing my parents’ papers to come here also. In Sept. 2007  my parents finally arrived here in the states.  Then I reminded my father… “Now I can tell you that it is not worthless to serve our God because he’s always been faithful to us”,  and he said, “Yes I agree.”   And now, they are staying here with me and going to church with me which I always enjoy doing. My father could not remember what he told me before, but it affected me so much. I always wanted them to have a stronger faith in God and to continue serving Him whatever happened, whatever the price it may be and to whatever this life would lead us, because I know that God is always in control and He will be with us wherever we go. We do serve a great God, who is greater than our problems, greater than our hurt and stronger to carry all the loads we are carrying. We just have to trust Him.

All praises and glory to God alone. May my story be a blessing to everyone.

God bless.

April 3, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate”

April 3, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate”

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

A Precious  Letter given to Pastor and me last Sunday.

I would like to take this time to thank you and the congregation for prayer, on my cousin George Geer’s behalf. Within a few days of being hospitalized his condition changed, from probably needing a heart transplant to an improvement that allowed open heart surgery instead.  He is home now and vowing to follow all doctor instructions to the letter.

I also need to thank you, Pastor, and the congregation of South LItchfield Baptist for kindness and warmth toward a new attendee. 

It was not easy to walk out the doors of St.  Joe Baptist, a church I returned to after years away.  A church, in which I shared a pew with my mother, sitting among neighbors.

St. Joe Baptist had a heart beat I grew to know.  I knew the patience  of Pastors’ wives with the children.  I knew the sound of Catherine’s Bible during the service, hitting the floor, when she fell asleep.  I knew that if Clare gave the final  prayer, no matter how hard we tried to hear his softly spoken words, only the “amen” would let us know he had ended. The Amen was always strong.

I knew that none of us would be mistaken for professional singers, but a joyful noise was still made.  I knew the stories of St. Joe. The Story of the man who moved the church to its current location, and when finished reduced by half the amount he had intended to charge.  My father told me the story of the member who, when he had no money, put a button in the collection plate.

I miss the heartbeat of St. Joe Baptist, but I found another church, South Litchfield Baptist.  It had a strong and welcoming rhythm with its own history and stories.  Thank you for the time I spent, sitting on another church pew and listening to the heartbeat. I have heard that God is in the details.  Thank God, He is in the heartbeat.

Thank you,     

Kolleen Geer

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?

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.

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Ladies Who Are True Models

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,   5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

For some time as  I have been thinking about what that Scripture is really saying to me.  What is my responsibility as a mother, a grandmother and, yes, a pastor’s wife and leader/teacher?

This past week I believe the Lord has revealed part of this to me  in the Scripture that I have been writing in my “Journible” for  I Peter 5.

1 The elders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Peter is addressing pastors and deacons, and older men in the church.

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (In other words “Watch over or shepherd not for personal gain”)  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. (as models).   4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (your reward will be in heaven).

Peter goes on to say to the younger men and we can make an application here to the women on the basis of Titus 2 where it says ‘likewise’ (in Titus 2:3 )

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be

subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Ladies,  we should be ‘models’ not by the world’s standard, but truly spiritual models as described in Titus 2:5   I used Webster for the following:

Discreet….  Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in      speech and behavior; circumspect:

Chaste…    pure, decent, or modest in nature, virgins

Keepers… an attendant, a guard, or a warden

Good…      efficient, useful, healthy, strong, happy or skilled

Obedient…Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions      of one in authority

For a true child of God, this all comes with a right HEART attitude for the elderly and the young; joyfully, not because you have to, but because you want to, not out of obligation, but out of your love for Christ and Christ alone.  Ladies, let’s become true models of God’s Standards. Run to God.

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Victory Through Christ

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (KJV)  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.    8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;                9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Victory over the penalty of sin = through forgiveness  and immediate forgiveness as soon as we confess our sins and receive Christ as our Saviour. This union with Christ is the foundational concept of the life of grace. Christ’s resurrection demonstrated His victory over sin. Now that you are united with Christ in His resurrection, you have the victory over sin. Consider this as true! Believe it! You are saved by God’s grace and you are on the victory side! (Romans 6:13, 16, 19).

Victory over death – Christ’s death was sufficient

We are to present—to yield or offer—our bodies to God. This involves responsibility to serve.  Yes, Works. Not to save us but a result of our salvation.  Don’t go on presenting the members of your body to sin. The picture is of a soldier presenting his weapons to his commander and awaiting his instructions. Sin uses the members of your body to wage war against you.  It is important that Born again Christian set about to serve him.

Revelation 12:10   “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night”.

One of satan’s campaigns against God is in the area of trying to break our trust of God, such as in Job, and the Book of Revelation says that satan is, has been and will be doing that “day and night”.

Let us be faithful in prayer for one another the the Lord will give Christian victory over satan’s attempt to sidetrack us on our journey for Christ.

Victory over the presence of sin – heavenly rewards will be separation from sin.

We all need to come to the place where we can join God on his side of the heavenly battle, in JOY, defeating satan.

We can softly and confidently say to God our Father,

  “I don’t understand, but I love you and trust in YOU. Don’t let me waver nor let You down in this battle.  Thank you, Lord,  for the victories you have won for me by your death on the cross.  Thank you for assurance of salvation and life after death.  Lord, give me daily JOY and victory over sin .”

(small ’s’ on satan is my desire in my life the Lord helping me)

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DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

IT IS YOUR CHOICE….

I Choose Love…

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.

I Choose Patience…

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.

I Choose Gentleness…

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…

I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these, I commit my day (Gal. 5:22-23).  If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest

-Max Lucado

—jane.wpatch.com

OCTOBER 25, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART       …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

OCTOBER 25, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART       …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

Ps. 71:22-24 KJV,   22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.  23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.  24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

A few years ago I began to develop dysphonia and of course it has affected my ability to sing. I have shared before but some of you are new that I have always signed all my correspondence ” Singing His Praise” and now I sign with “Still Singing His Praise in my Heart”.

I have determined in my Heart to continue to lift my Heart in praise for His Glory. On Sunday morning when the songs are sung, I begin to sing very softly and am able to sing about three lines and then I have to stop, for the pain, severe ache in my throat, but then I just mouth the words so that I will not be a bad testimony and truly try to think of the words in my heart as if I were singing them JOYOUSLY.

Now that I am teaching Kid’s Chapel I cannot sing at all so that I will have enough voice to speak in chapel…. It isn’t the broken voice that causes me to stop, but the pain. I say all this, not to bring sympathy, because I can not cease to Praise the Lord for the many years He has allowed me to use my voice for His Glory as He allowed me to sing un-numbered solos and teach others to sing in private voice lessons and choirs in our churches and Christian Schools.

I share this to emphasize  and help us to comprehend God’s righteous affect on our lives.    Yes, I rebelled, and I cried out to God, I had some bitterness and I was hurt. But through his GRACE, I determined not to be a “wimpy, whiney woman”, or as I say “gave myself a swift kick” and strive to “get over it” and “let it go”.

Ps. 109:30-31 (KJV)  30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

We can know He is standing with us in every attempt we make to honor Him in every weakness and other areas in which we struggle.

Psalm 73:24 24 “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”

-jane.wpatch.com.

October 18, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

October 18, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

AMY CARMICHAEL  penned these short comments  which later were put in a little book with the title, “IF”.

Amy began her little book with this Scripture:

Ephesians 3:17 (KJV)

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I want to read just a few for you today from my heart.

IF I HAVE NOT compassion on my fellow-servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child’s misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,” or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

And now as you have heard me read before, my favorite and hardest…..

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.

October 11, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

October 11, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

Making Sure That You Know You Are Ready When the Lord Comes.

When inquiring of people where they are with the Lord we often get many different responses.

I did that when I was a child,  when I attended ____ church or release time class, yet each one did not sound confident in his standing with the Lord.

-Many say I did that at VBS or just I used to go to VBS in the summer.

-My uncle is a preacher, my mother taught me all that…

-I was baptized when I was _____ yet they don’t sound sure.

-I used to go to church.

-I did that at release time class but still they are uncertain in their response.

In most of those cases they remembered something in their past but did not sound confident in their stand with the Lord.

If you  aren’t sure it could be because, since you made that decision you were not  taught clearly what being saved really means.

Perhaps when you were discipled, you personally did not carry through with those steps of obedience and turn away from sin and disobedience.

How can you have confidence  in your salvation?

Tell the Lord that you want to KNOW that you are saved. Confess known sin to the Lord. Go to a strong Bible preaching church, be baptized and join that church, read your Bible daily, and pray, which is just talking to the Lord. Confessing any daily sin and being determined to go on from there and not continually live a life of sin. Ask God daily to help you when you are  tempted to sin.

You might say how do I know what to do or not to do?  Seek godly counsel from a pastor another Christian person in the church, attend church and listen intently to the preaching.

Claim God’s promises.  Open your Bible to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (by death on the Cross) that whosoever (you and me, everyone) believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”     What kind of life _________________?  That is right everlasting life.

Once you know Christ, the first thing you need to do is tell someone that you have given you life to Christ and then do what you can every day to win someone else to Christ by being a witness.   What is a witness?  That is when you tell others what Christ has done for you and then that HE will do the same for them.

If you are fearful of saying the right thing ask the pastor or myself for a simple gospel tract to carry with you to share the Gospel and don’t give that one away.  Keep it and make a list of people you have led to Christ.

What is the Gospel?   Read the Scripture below from Matthew thoughtfully.

Have you ever had the privilege of leading some to Christ to be saved. If so raise your hands.

Now I am speaking especially to the children and young people today.  When you think about what you are going to do when you become an adult, first ask the Lord what He wants you to do and I am sure it will have something to do with spreading the Gospel.    

— jane.wpatch.com

Matthew 28:

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Once you have receive Christ as your Saviour then the Great Commision above is your responsibility.  Go and tell others and lead them to Christ.

Here is a song that we do not want to be true of us as Christians.

 NO FRUIT FOR THE MASTER

  1. Jesus was traveling a dusty highway.

When in the Distance he saw a fig tree.

But drawing closer oh what did He see,

Nothing, Nothing but leaves.

Chorus:

No fruit for the Master

Nothing but leaves.

No Fruit for the Master See how He grieves

How many ther are who although they believe,

Have nothing, Nothing but leaves.

2.  Fruitless and barren they stand like that tree

Receiving his blessing so rich and so free.

But as Christ sees them He only can see.

Nothing, Nothing but leaves.

Chorus:

3.  Friend, ’tis a warning to you and to me

Are we as barren as that old fig tree?

And when the master looks down does he see.

Nothing, Nothing but leaves?

Chorus

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The fruit in our lives is those whom we influence to follow Christ…

Let us not be with out fruit.

Matthew 21:19

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on you again forever. And presently the fig tree withered away.