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.

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.