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.

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?

Dec. 27, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT IN YOUR LIFE TODAY??

As we approach the new year in the next few days, I would like to challenge each of you today to ask yourself this question.

What is your greatest concern for the New Year?   

People rarely feel comfortable in their own skin.  Many of us live with deep insecurities that we carefully mask when we are in the public.  The thought of letting people see our real self is scary because we are flawed. So fear holds us back. We post flattering pictures of ourselves on Facebook and carefully hide all the ugly parts of our appearance and personality.

Comparison is like an addiction. Once we start, we can’t seem to stop. We feel insecure when our friends are prettier, more cultured, or have better jobs or marriages. We are confronted with images of models and movie stars, and we feel unworthy by comparison. We long for something to distinguish us, something to make us stand out, something to give us a sense that we are worth something. Our longing for attention puts us in a vulnerable position.

A new year gives us a chance to start again. To be a better person than we were the year before. But it is no secret that most resolutions fail. Good intentions can’t transform a frog into a prince. So our fresh hope crumbles before January is through.

But what if your resolution was to find contentment with who you really are? What if you could uproot your insecurity and finally be free of it?

Following is a summary of Nancy DeMoss (Wolgamuth’s) Devotional for Dec.22-31

P-  PRAYER- Ask for wisdom, help to be faithful, disciplined and obedient.

R-  REVIEW –  the priority of walking with GOD

I-   INVENTORY – are your priorities according to God’s will. Keep a 15 minute log for 24 hours.

O-  ORDER- be careful not to let the hours slip away with nonessentials

R-  RESIST – being distracted by non essentials and try to discern  God given interruptions.

I-   INPUT – be sure you stay tuned with God and wise counsel.

T-  TIME – how wise and intentional are you in using spare time.

I-   IDENTITY- “Little foxes” Sol. 2:15  Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards”, or  “fox trails”

E-  EXPERIENCE- Learn to experience the moments as they come, at their fullest, as from the LORD.

S-  SINGING WITH EXULTATION. SURRENDER – in the JOY of SALVATION

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.

MEMORIES OF MY PARENTS — Autobiography Chapter Two

I,(Jane Ann Shipley) was born in Cassopolis, MI

http://www.swmidirectory.org History_of_Cass_County.html

 DADDY ‘S HOME Town

My father, Beryl (Bud) Allen Shipley of Buchanan, MI,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchanan,_Michigan   son of Grace Moyer Shipley who raised my father and his sister Wilma alone, after a divorce  when my father was about nine. His father’s name was Ownan Shipley, and lived the rest of his adult life in Glendora, MI.

She raised them in the fear and admonition of the Lord as she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher in the Church of Christ in Buchanan, Michigan. She also worked for the Clark Equipment company until her retirement.

My father had trusted Christ as his Saviour, I believe, in his teen years (As in the article below).

Daddy was a carpenter and had a hand in many projects over the years in the Indiana – Michigan area.  

MOTHER’S HOME TOWN

While I was quite small we moved to the little town of Dowagiac, MI which was nick-named “Dog – Patch”.  I have looked it up to see why and I have only found a few nick name forums that affirm that fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowagiac,_Michigan

We lived in the former grocery store of my maternal grandfather, Frank Porter Burch who was married to Bertha Marie (Green) Burch. 

I recall my mother telling that her father had the name  “Lottie” put on her birth certificate when she was born to her mother’s grief (a former girls friend’s name).  They had agreed to name her Charlotte Celeste Burch.

A little closed grocery store building was on the same property as my grandparents home. 

My earliest memory when the store was still in operation, was to go see my grandparents and there were large barrels in the middle isle of the store and they would let me stand on my tip toes along with my brother and sister and reach into the barrel and have a few soda crackers or sometimes a big pickle.

 I can remember the very tall yellow and brown Sunflowers and beautiful blue Morning Glories that my grandfather grew just outside the back door of the store.  I do not remember a lot about those days. I must have been very young.

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Some Things My Mother Taught Me

(Written approximately 1960’s by Grace Shipley) My paternal grandmother.

Thinking back as a great- grandmother there are  so many  things my mother taught me it would be hard to name them all. Altho she was not a Christian at the time, she was interested in having her children attend Bible School.  At the age of six, I attended my first year.  I had a perfect attendance record and was awarded a pin by my teacher with  the Scripture words, “fear not I will help thee”, which I have carried in my memory through the years.

When we moved to the country my mother provided a way for us to attend the country church in which we also had an active part in the services.  I knew there were times when we disobeyed her, but she was always kind and understanding and willing to help us with our problems.

I became a Christian in my teens and down through the ages wherever I have lived I found a church where I could serve the Lord in some way.

On Dec 18, 1922, I took fellowship with the Church of Christ here in Buchanan, MI, having been a member of the U.B. Church.  As a member here I have spent some of the most enjoyable years of my life in serving the Lord and having the fellowship of Christian friends. 

On April 27, 1924 my Mother and son were baptized into Christ in this church which made me very happy.

The most important thing my mother taught me is that it was right to go to church and has had a great influence in my life.  In rowing older we cherish the memories of the many things our mother’s teach us and the things she did for us and how richly we have been blessed by having such a mother.

We are twenty in number in our family group.  I have a sone, a daughter, six grandchildren of whom for are married, and five great-grandchildren.

Out of this number we have two ministers, a choir director, a youth leader, four pianists, and others serving the Lord in many ways.  From the youngest to the oldest these twenty are in the Lord’s house every Lord’s day, which makes a very happy great- grandmother.

In Proverbs 22:6 we read, “Train up a child in the way de should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”