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

***********

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.

My Heart’s Silent Song of Praise

My Heart’s Silent Song of Praise

 

I wrote this little song on May 30, 2015 and sent a note to our youngest son Nathan and ask if he could come up with an arrangement for me… in just a few hours he sent this back to me with the recorded song he sang in my place…  Thank you again, Nathan.

My Mother’s Voice

My Strength is gone
My voice is low
My hands cease their labor
Yet they raise to Him
My heart’s silent song of Praise

He knows my thoughts
With thankful heart
I lift my silent call.
To yield to Him my all.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.

Those gifts He loaned
To use for HIM
That others too could know
Of His great love.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.

Still Singing His Praise in My Heart.

This humble little poem is my Heart as I realize more and more how the Lord allows us to give our talents to Him which has been my desire since my youth.

I thank Him for the honor of having been able to serve Him in so many ways and now He is allowing me to honor HIM in other ways…. Praying that I will be open to these new ways as I continue to serve HIM as long as He chooses.

It is such a JOY to know that He has the plans.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jer. 12:11 NIV

Oct. 4, 21015    Jane’s Heart to Heart     …Pastor’s Help Mate

Oct. 4, 21015 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

I HAVE BEEN BLESSED

When I was a freshman in High school in Dowagiac, MI, a new girl, Toby came to our school. She was a beautiful young Jewish girl and as I got to know her I realized that she did not know the Lord.  We  would often meet on the way home because we took the same route until we came to her street….which was about three blocks from where I lived.   One day as we came to the corner of her street she invited me to her house to show me something. The first thing in my mind was my need to get her to go to church with me and for the Lord to open up an opportunity to win her to Christ. I told her that I could stop by but would not be able to stay long since I had chores to do. While we  talked I invited her to church and the conversation turned to her need for Christ and she sweetly surrender to the Lord that day.   That week end she did attend church with me and a few other times but I never really had an opportunity to disciple her because my daddy took a job in Evanston IL and we moved there that summer.

My  sister lived in South Bend, IN and was able to keep up with former classmates and church friends because she lived  closer and she shared with me that Tobi and Raymond Vandenberg of our youth group got married. I was prayerful that she was growing in the Lord and that they were living for Him.  A few years ago Sue told me that she had a note for me from Toby and that she and Raymond worked in Pensacola in children’s ministry for many years. When I got the letter Toby shared that she was the little Jewish girl that I had shared Christ with when we were in High school.  That was so exciting to me to know that I had planted the seed and others had discipled her.

A few years ago my sister shared that Raymond had gone to be with the Lord and I looked on the internet for his obituary so that I could write to Toby.   It was there that I noticed that one of their sons was a pastor in South Haven. I  checked  FB to see if I might be able to contact them.   Sure enough, I contacted Jame and chatted a bit with her. She told me that she was going to speak at a church in Litchfield in two weeks and wondered if it might be ours.   It ended up being First Baptist and indeed I attended the dinner where she spoke.

Last Sunday evening, Ken and I turned on the service we often watch and heard a family singing  on “Rejoice In The Lord” at Pensacola Christian College.  They were singing “ I Have Been Blessed”.  I truly was blessed to tears when I began to remember that this man, Jon Vandenberg was Toby’s son.  I like to claim him  as my Spiritual grandchild and his  daughters as spiritual  great grandchildren.  Thank you, Lord, for the JOY of winning others to You.

When you witness and give out tracts and pray for others to be saved you may not know the result.  I am thankful that the Lord  allowed me to know that this person that I led to Him not only trusted Christ but others discipled her and then she and her husband raised their son  for Christ and this continues on in his family.

Still Singing His Praise in my Heart.

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (KJV)

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

August 8, 2015    Encouraging Words….

August 8, 2015 Encouraging Words….

Are you going through trials of many kinds….

James 1:2-4    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,   3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.   4. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Let me leave with you an encouraging word from   Amy Carmichael’s words….

today.

 

Hast Thou No Scar 

by Amy Carmichael

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet, I was wounded by the archers, spent.
Leaned me against the tree to die, and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole. Can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar?

Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

II Corinthians 12:9-10   “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

June 14, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 14, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart … Pastor’s Help Mate

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND

(CHURCH LEADERS, SONS, GRANDSONS ETC.)

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/media/uploads/pdf/articles/31DaysPrayingHusband.pdf

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND  (CHURCH LEADERS, SONS,  young people, children, etc.)

Nancy DeMoss has a download available for praying for your husband for 31 days. I will refer to just a few of the suggested prayers for your husband. For those who are single women your ministry can be one of prayer for our spiritual leaders and  the young people in the church.

The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another Eph. 6:18 (KJV)  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home.  (Prov. 31:11-12). Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.

Pray that your husband will experience spiritual growth and guard his heart by Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation and scripture memorization. (2 Pet. 3:18  ”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 

 Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be wise and God-fearing.   Proverbs 3: 7-8 (NIV) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Pray that your husband’s heart will be tender toward the voice of the      Lord. Psalm 51:2-4 (NIV) “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate the evils of todays culture, and avoid it. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) “The prudent see danger and take refuge,  but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

–  Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you.  Romans 13:14  (NIV)” Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Ladies, You have a ministry,  a “Great Commission” trough Prayer.  The prayer’s suggested in Nancy’s Challenge to pray for your husbands could fit anyone you are praying for with just a few minor alterations. Let’s be prayer warriors.  All of us, for everyone.

jane.wpatch.com

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 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

taylor & Lydia 1533911_10152136474621645_1004243655_nPRAYERS OF A WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE  ARE OF GREAT VALUE

As a pastor’s wife I have been challenged and convicted to pray for my husband.  This is out of love for him, love for the ministry and to glorify God.  We women may go to counselors, other women, seminars or support groups and indeed I have learned a great deal this way but I believe God is saying, “Try Me in this”!  The Lord is calling the church   “all born again Christians”  to Stand in the Gap.”  Can the Lord find us praying for our husbands, our marriages and our children’s marriages and praying for the leadership in the church.  This does not mean to go around and  to control people with your opinion of how things should be done but praying that God will give the leadership wisdom. He is Able. James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Ladies, praying should be your main ministry.  Can you imagine what this world would be like if women were praying daily for their husbands, their children and their mates? A woman partnering with God in prayer for her husband. Using your God given confidence is a powerful tool that God can use to pull down strongholds. This is not a means to get your way, women, it is for the Glory of God.  Titus 2:4 says:  “ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Join me for at least one hour a day. This is the greatest way for you to show love for your husband. You might say I don’t have a husband.  Perhaps your husband is with the Lord or you are a single person.  Then pray for a son, grandson or nephew or a young man in the church.

Step up to the call  and into the challenge. Jesus is interceding for you.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He delights in us.   Let the confidence you have in Christ within your feminine soul rise up and begin today. Partner with God for His Glory. Let us be women of prayer. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

How much time  does it take to drive to the grocery? Pray.  While you are preparing a meal, pray. Plan it. Choose verses that you can pray and put them on a card and post it at the sink. How about prayer during the commercials.  You all know what the mute button is. Or get up an hour earlier. If you wake in the night, pray. Make general lists and have them handy.  This is important?

We must understand that satan would have us and we must resist him. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and that we must submit to God–

Our Grand DIL  Lydia  arrived at her marriage to  Taylor  with a lovely white gown.   She had beautiful red flowers and as she lifted her dress to take a step you could she that she was wearing bright red Converse running shoes. I think we got the message that she was in it for the long haul…..    we  too need to think of that Bride in a beautiful white gown wearing work shoes, trusting God to defend.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV).   Make sure your heart is right daily, and then start out each day praying. Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

jane.wpatch.com

April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Phil. 4:1

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thes. 5:18

In the light of this that Scripture read this thoughtfully twice….

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given,

rather than resentful over what is withheld.

One or the other will become a way of life.”

  Mary Kassian

I have a little poem I would like to read to you that will perhaps put this thought into a different perspective.

The Cookie Thief  (Source Unknown)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night.

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shop,

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see,

That the man beside her, as bold as could be,

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between

Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.

She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock,

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blacken his eye!”

With each cookie she took, he took one, too.

When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other.

She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,

This guy has some nerve, and he’s also rude,

Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate

Refusing to look back at the “thieving ingrate.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,

Then sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.

There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!

“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair,”

Then the others were his and he tried to share!”

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief!

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld.    One or the other will become a way of life.”

YES,  we do need to be careful that a resentful attitude  does not become a way of life. Our grateful attitude can become contagious and the JOY of our Heart.

Feb. 15 & 22, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    .. . Pastor’s Help-Mate

Feb. 15 & 22, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    .. . Pastor’s Help-Mate

Word’s of Love #3

Power and Wisdom from Above

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me!” Unfortunately, that childhood refrain couldn’t be further from the truth.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8.

We don’t have what it takes to control our tongues.  We need the power and wisdom that comes from above.

Ps. 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We can change our words by changing our hearts.

Luke 6:45  “the good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good…. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”  If we ask the Lord to help us with our words He will convict us when our words do not please Him.  We might say, I didn’t mean that or It just came out, when truthfully  what comes from our mouth is from our heart.

James 2:3 says “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”

We need to be honest with ourselves and allow God to transform us by the power of HIS Holy Spirit.  When our hearts are filled with Him, His wisdom and His grace, we will speak in such a way as to bless others.

Merciful Lord, I praise you that we can call out to You when we need Your help to know how important it is to encourage and pray for others.   Help us to confess the wrong of our hurtful words when they really reflect a heart issue.  Help us to be better and not bitter. Give us  repentant hearts. Fill us, Lord, with Your Holy Spirit that our words will be words of love. Help us Father to think of others and how we can encourage and bless them and to forget about ourselves. Thank you Lord for youR forgiveness and blessing and for the JOY that only YOU can give. In Jesus name. Amen.