May 1, 2016         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

The Angel In the Cell by Elisabeth Elliot

My brother Dave Howard does a lot of traveling and comes back with wonderful stories. One summer when the six of us Howards with our spouses got together for a reunion, Dave told us this one, heard from the son of the man in the story.

A man whom we’ll call Ivan, a prisoner in an unnamed country, was taken from his cell, interrogated, tortured, and beaten nearly to a pulp. The one comfort in his life was a blanket. As he staggered back to his cell, ready to collapse into that meager comfort, he saw to his dismay that someone was wrapped up in it–an informer, he supposed. He fell on the filthy floor, crying out, “I can’t take any more! whereupon a voice came from the blanket: “Ivan, what do you mean, you can’t take any more?” Thinking the man was trying to get information to be used against him, Ivan didn’t explain. He merely repeated what he had said.

“Ivan,” came the voice, “Have you forgotten that Jesus is with you?”

Then the figure in the blanket was gone. Ivan, unable to walk a minute before, now leaped to his feet and danced around the cell praising the Lord. In the morning, the guard who had starved and beaten him asked who had given him food. “No one,” said Ivan.

“But why do you look so different?”

“Because my Lord was with me last night.”

“Oh, is that so? And where is your Lord now?”

Ivan opened his shirt, pointed to his heart–“Here.”

“OK. I’m going to shoot you and your Lord right now,” said the guard, pointing a pistol at Ivan’s chest.

“Shoot me if you wish. I’ll go to be with my Lord.”

The guard returned his pistol to its holster, shaking his head in bewilderment.

Later Ivan learned that his wife and children had been praying for him on that same night as they read Isaiah 51:14: “The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread” (NIV).

Ivan was released shortly thereafter and continued faithfully to preach the gospel until he died in his eighties.

Perhaps you are imprisoned by pain and sickness. by  the job, or people you must deal with every day.  You may feel that all hope is lost.

Remember “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Cor. 10:13.

Hebrews 12:2  (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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

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