November 19, 2017         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

WANTED: OCC VOLUNTEERS

The key in our hand to unlock hearts is OCC Shoe Boxes of Samaritans Purse

Today we are remembering our Veterans and honoring them for what they have done for our country and this is important, but we need also to look forward and consider who will take the place of the veterans of our church.  When one of our members goes to heaven we should be concerned who is going to step up and take their place.

This is the day that we collect our small amount of boxes and after church Pastor will take them to the collection center at College Baptist Church in Hillsdale, MI.

Have you thought about what the Lord wants you to do for Him right here in Litchfield Baptist Church and this community?   If you don’t know what to do speak to me or the pastor and we will explain the steps that are necessary to take,  to be qualified to minister in this church, such as salvation, baptism, church membership. I am sure that we could give you some choices to prepare you for a way to serve the Lord. Ask yourself, am I spending more time on my interests and hobbies than I am for the LORD.

If you know Christ as your Saviour you have a mandate, the authority to carry out a course of action found in Mat. 28, The Great Commission.  “GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.” Operation Christmas Child/Samaritans Purse could become the KEY in our hands to unlock hearts all around the world beginning right here in our small world.

I want to challenge you today to begin today by committing your heart to this worldwide ministry. Volunteer to be the person who will organize this ministry or be a helper. Meet one day a month or even quarterly to organize and plan how to get this project before the people in our community and become a collection point right here.

If you are God’s child you need to share the truth.   You just need to have a burden for the lost and a  willing heart and God will do the rest.

OCC is also a way to grow our local ministry by involving the community and reaching out to local businesses, and social groups to help fill these boxes.     To be a worker in this church you need to be saved, baptized in obedience to the Word of God, and a member of this church.   You can’t teach a class or hold an office without being a member.   You cannot vote or make decisions about the ministry here without that important step.

I am so THANKFUL today that God isn’t looking for people with a big head, but with a heart for service.  God wants hearts that are willing to serve Him now; not waiting until this or that event passes or till someone else does it. Let’s not be on the outside looking in.

Ask yourself,  if everyone does just what I am doing,  where will this church be in the next few years.   Don’t wait until you become a memory.  Let’s get involved today?

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