Oct. 15, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart Pastor’s Help-Mate

This is Jon Swanson’s “300 Words” from Oct. 12, 2017  (our Tom Kies’ SiL)

 

WE NEED EACH OTHER

“I help people figure out the next step and how to take it. That’s a way to describe what I do as a chaplain. It’s a way to describe how I approach a couple kinds of consulting I do.

On Wednesday afternoon, I presented the final report in a project completed by the Arbor Research Group. It’s a project that reminded me how much we need each other to accomplish the work that we have in front of you.

Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is an author, speaker, consultant, and professor of Christian ministries at Bethel College in South Bend, Indiana. He is founder and leader of the Arbor Research Group and hosts the leadership podcast.

On this project Arbor had people with expertise in statistics, Human Resources, focus groups, editing, leadership, and writing. We had people who could fill in after catastrophe, people working around the world, people with strong minds and deep hearts. Our team offered challenge and encouragement and affirmation to each other.

And none of us could have done this project alone. I discovered that in the middle when I needed clarity and courage and the skills of the rest of the team. They were ready and expecting to do the parts they were equipped to do.”

“When Paul talks about the body of Christ having different gifts and different capacities and different needs, he’s not trying to create a metaphor. He’s talking about survival. We are invited by Jesus to love each other. We are invited by Jesus to feed people who are hungry and to clothe people who are naked and to give shelter to the homeless.

When we try to figure it all out on our own, we inevitably complicate because we are each massively incompetent about everything we aren’t massively competent in. But when I ask you for help and you ask me for help, we can help. Just like it took four friends to lower a fifth friend in front of Jesus. Compassion plus eye-hand coordination times four got a man healed.

We don’t need each other to feel better.  We need each other.”

This article was a helpful reminder to me this week.  How about you.

I Cor. 12:

5.  If the foot shall say,

Because I am not the hand,

I am not of the body;

is it therefore not of the body? …

26. And whether one member suffer,

all the members suffer with it; 

or one member be honoured,

all the members rejoice with it. 

27.  Now ye are the body of Christ,

and members in particular.

OCTOBER 8,2017      JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …PASTOR’S HELP-MATE

My earliest memories of Rural Bible Mission were when my family became members of the Dowagiac, MI Bible Church. Uncle Bob (Duane Jacobs), directed our VBS and also drove the bus that took our youth to Gull Lake Christian Youth Training Camp each summer.

Rev. K. Duane JACOBS, age 84, of Vicksburg, died April 13, 1999 Duane was born near Jones on November 10, 1914. He graduated from Three Rivers High School and attended Denver Bible Institute. He joined the Rural Bible Mission, Kalamazoo in 1940 and began his ministry in Calhoun County. He moved back to Cass and St. Joseph Counties in 1949. Affectionately known as “Uncle Duane”, he ministered to children until his retirement in 1979, then served as SW area Director until 1983. During that time he also served as Pastor of several ministries.

While Ken and I ministered at the Bedford MI, Bible Church we established a Christian school and “Uncle Al” Ross came and spoke at our chapel services once a month…  Al Ross  served as the Branch/Calhoun Co./W. Jackson Co..W. Area Director.

When Ken and I moved to the ministry of Jonesville Baptist Church in 1994  Uncle Paul” Spotts brought the bus from the Jonesville Elementary School and  there were 65 children in the first class. Over the years we worked along side of Paul wherever we could and his classes grew to well  over 200.  He is now the Director of Field Development & Missionary Recruitment.  Often when Pastor and I would go shopping boys and girls would point us out to their parents, saying, “Look, that’s my Pastor” …

though many came only once a month to Release Time Classes.

South Litchfield Baptist Church has supported Uncle Matt, Studer, who took Paul Spotts’ position, and now today we are just getting acquainted with the Rodifer family and we welcome you and pray for God’s blessings as you continue to raise your support.

My sister and I trusted Christ in 1946, at the Vacation Bible School of the Bertrand Bible Church, in Niles, MI.  The bus ministry  and the Sunday school teachers of that church, and  when we moved near  Dowagiac Bible Church, played an important roll in our hurting family.  Because of my sister and my prayers, my parents and brother were saved  and grew  in the Lord. RBM Ministries  impacted my life to the point that after I married and began to have a family, I had back yard Bible Clubs  weekly.

I started a subscription to Child Evangelism Magazine ( 30 + years) and used their center fold visual aids  and instructions for teachers , for many years as my training. I also used Teacher Swap Shop /Sacred Literature Ministries , a free resource that was a great help to me.   I began teaching my own children and as many neighborhood children as we could round up.  My key purpose was to teach my own children to win others to Christ and realize the importance of evangelism.

RBM Ministries also gives children who already know the Lord a chance to learn evangelism by inviting their class mates who would otherwise never learn of the Word of God.

 

http://www.rbmministries.org/

September 24, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

Scripture Memory

When I was attending Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac MI during my Jr. and Sr High school years the teacher of the week-day Bible class which met after school one day a week, assigned myself and other teens in our youth group to write out the Scripture  memory verses and cut them in strips to hand out at the class.  Of course, she had an ulterior motive.  That motive was to help us learn the Scriptures ourselves.

While Ken was in seminary we attended Second Baptist Church in Grand Rapids where he was the Sunday School teacher of the college-age class. We had two children and near the Easter season Melony came and presented us a note from her S.S. teacher asking us to teach Melony (age 3-4)  Matthew 28: 5-6.  I was excited about teaching her the Scripture and right away began working with her and to my surprise, she learned it much faster than I ever learned Scripture in my teens.  I tried to teach her the verses with expression and her time came to say her part in the Easter program,  all dressed up in her special dress I made her for the occasion.  She stepped up to the microphone and I can still hear her little voice speaking those words. 

“Matthew 28:5-6  (KJV)

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.   6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

I have never forgotten that Scripture to this date, and while we were learning I began to realize the huge responsibility before me to help my children and other children to memorize the Word of God while they were young.  For many years I have used Bible Memory Association and started with the ABC Memory Book

This week I was talking to Melony on the phone and she mentioned that her daughter in law, Lisa was helping her son  Skylar learn Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself, it is a gift of God.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

There is nothing more important to teach our children, grandchildren and yourself then the Word of God!

https://scripturememory.com/Here are just a few of the major reasons you should memorize Scripture:

1  It grows our love for God.

2  It’s God’s command.

3  It heals and comforts.

4  It saturates our hearts with truth.

5  It offers spiritual success.

6  It equips us for spiritual warfare.

7  It fuels our witness.

Another link   http://www.fbma.net/ – There are many sites online that have great aids for memorization.

June 18, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….                    Pastor’s Help Mate

National Center for Fathering associated with

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

The father absence crisis in America is real. When we talk about father absence, we mention the U.S. Census Bureau’s statistic that 24 million children—one out of three—live without their dad in the home

Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers.

In 2007, 52 percent of prisoners were parents. This amounts to 1.1 million absent fathers and 120,000 absent mothers—impacting 2.7 million children—within the prison system alone. That’s more prison-induced, single-parent children than three times the population of San Francisco.

More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father.  Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.

Prison Ministry

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may rest assured He has a plan for their life after they are released or even if they are in prison for life, and it is a good plan to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Since prison is God’s will for the offender’s life, they may not be bitter toward anyone who played a part in their incarceration (friends, family, law enforcement, judicial, the administration of the prison or correctional officers).

The answer to this is not more prisons.  It is not locking people up and “throwing away the key.”  It is not even the death penalty, as studies have shown that even this does not effectively deter crime.  The answer is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the demonstration of power!

Prisoners need regeneration not rehabilitation–and Jesus has commissioned His followers to reach beyond the barbed wire fences and steel bars to touch the lives of men and women bound by the shackles of sin.

The mandate for prison ministry is clear in God’s Word, both by scripture and example.

SCRIPTURE: The greatest scriptural mandate for prison ministry is given in Matthew 25:31-40.  Jesus said: `…..for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  `I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

EXAMPLE:

Jesus Christ Himself is our example for prison ministry.  One of the main targets of Christ’s ministry was prisoners: To open blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.  (Isaiah 42:7)

Jesus declared: “eThe spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”. . .  (Isaiah 61:1)

Even while dying on Calvary’s cross, Jesus took time to reach out in love and concern to a prisoner.   As a result, that convicted criminal experienced God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. During the time between His death and resurrection, we are told that Jesus ” . . . went and preached to the spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:19).

Unfortunately, despite the clear Biblical injunction and Christ’s example to minister to prisoners, many believers prefer to pass by on the other side of the street, as did the religious leaders in the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:29-37).

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

As you read this you might want to listen to  “Give Me Jesus”  Fernando Ortega

I love the early mornings

and the calmness that starts the day…

The quiet hush of fresh new beginnings…

The possibility that streams through…

The only sound I hear is the morning birds softly giving praise

and worshiping for yet another day…

The beautiful stream of light that trickles through the  window

as the wind softly blows the leaves in the trees.

Like a song I can’t help but feel God in everything…

I eagerly take up the cross and with anticipation

begin to explore what God already knows…

Like a flower that raises its head to the heavens…

I will look for You, Lord…

I lift my head too and give thanks for this new day…

I greet this day and surrender all I am…

All for You, Father…

May all I am and all I do bring You glory…

I quietly stand beside You, Lord…

Renew me…

Repair all I may not be…

Refresh my spirit…

Thank you, Lord, for this gift called life..

Amen

“Let the morning bring me word

of Your unfailing love

For I have put my trust in You.”

Psalm 143:8

~Birds of a Feather Always Flock Together 

Posted August 20, 2016  ~on FaceBook

JULY 3, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

A PRAYER FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

God bless America

And keep us safe and free,

Safe from “all our enemies”

Wherever they may be.

For enemies are forces

That often dwell within,

Things that seem so harmless

Become a major sin.

Little acts of selfishness

Grow into lust and greed,

And make the love of power

Our idol and our creed.

For all our wealth and progress

Are as worthless as can be,

Without the faith that made us great

And kept our nation free.

And while it’s hard to understand

The complexities of war,

Each one of us must realize

That we are fighting for

The principles of freedom

And the decency of man,

But all of this much be achieved

According to God’s plan.

And teach us So help us as Americans

To search deep down inside,

And discover if the things we do

Are always justified. to walk humbly

And closer in Thy ways,

And give us faith and courage

And put purpose in our days.

And make each one of us aware

That each must do his part,

For in the individual is where peace

Must have its start.

For a better world to live in

Where all are safe and free,

Must start with faith and hope

And love deep in the heart of “Me.”

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

If my people, which are called by my name,

shall humble themselves,

and pray, and seek my face,

and turn from their wicked ways;

then will I hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin,

and will heal their land.

II Chor. 7:14

June 19, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart….   Pastor’s Help Mate

Adrian Rogers

“Artificial insemination is the ideal method of producing a pregnancy, and a lesbian partner should have the same parenting rights accorded historically to biological fathers.” Quoted from the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, summer of 1995.

You did not see a few isolated reports. There is an international agenda seeking to render fathers legally obsolete. Regardless of their legal success, fathers will always be critical to a healthy society. The United States is becoming overrun with fatherless homes, and suffering the consequences. This epidemic is causing our society to disintegrate and succumb to rampant crime, drug abuse, and poverty.

Fathers are critical to both sons and daughters. Sons need fathers to learn about being a godly man; how to fear God (Proverbs 1:7), have self-control, work hard, and respect women, just to name a few. Try as she might, mom alone will be hard-pressed to teach a son these valuable lessons. For daughters, their entire self-image comes from how they are treated by their fathers. A woman’s relationship with men will likely mirror her relationship with her father. The future of kids, regardless of gender, is firmly anchored in their relationship to their fathers.

Fathers, you have a tremendous responsibility. It’s not just your job to teach children how to become adults. Nearly everything they know about God they will learn from watching you (Acts 16:31). “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

You are a representative of God, don’t let Him down.

Now for the wives and mothers…

Voice Your Gratitude – say it out loud

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. —Proverbs 31:11–12

Look for His Servant’s Heart

Through love serve one another. —Galatians 5:13

Cultivate Patience toward Your Husband – – Adjust your expectations.  Praise him for the work he does.

Let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands. —Ephesians 4:28

What’s on Your Tongue?—Tell your family why you love your husband.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. —Ephesians 4:29

Take Time to Listen   Ladies this is hard… Pray for this.

Be quick to hear, slow to speak. —James 1:19

Demonstrate respect: Part of showing respect includes submission to his authority.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. —Ephesians 5:22.

  “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Eph. 5:23.

Children, Young people, adults….. God’s way is the best way to rebuild our nation…. and that is through obedience to God’s instructions with regard to  Fathers Leading, Wives respecting and Children’s obedience…. and that obedience is learned from the Father, ultimately.

Oh the Joy we can have in our Hearts and our Homes when we follow the Saviour’s instructions.

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

 

Couples in the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth is a one-year Devotional Study to Draw you Closer to God and Each other. (Bobbie went to be with the Lord after her battle with cancer in 2014)

Key Scripture: Genesis 6:1-22.

Let’s look at Noah and his wife, (whose name was not given in the Bible). Noah was a man of integrity, who walked righteously, in an evil world. Though he was mocked, she supported him while he followed the Lord’s detailed instructions on building the ark in preparation for the great flood. Perhaps people smiled and talked about them and their three sons, as they gathered the materials for the Ark. Noah warned them of their need for repentance. Perhaps she assured him, “Noah, God knows your heart. This is God’s battle.” Some onlookers may have even lent a hand, yet did  not believe.

Think of the task ahead of them with such a huge wooden craft, approximately the size of one and a half football fields and four stories high, to save Noah’s family and no-one knows how many  pairs of animals (est. tens of thousands) and enough space to store food for the time on board.  I sure wish Noah would have swatted those two mosquitos.

They chose to live holy lives in a corrupt society. Noah preached and I would think that his wife prayed as he warned the people and pled with them to turn from their sins. They carried the burden of knowing God was about to punish the wicked.  Perhaps they prayed daily for these people, and even feared that they may have missed someone.

The account of faithful Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives is strong evidence that they discipled their children by living and teaching them to love and obey God. These girls from lost families were counted among the righteous.

Noah’s family made a clear choice in spite of temptations to conform to the world they  chose to serve the Lord.   You and your family can do the same.

Josh. 24:15 “As for me and my house we will Serve the Lord.”

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Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

  1. Don’t miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you’re with God, There’s always a rainbow waiting.

  @MYBIBLE.COM

DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

DECEMBER 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  … Pastor’s Help Mate

IT IS YOUR CHOICE….

I Choose Love…

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.

I Choose Patience…

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.

I Choose Gentleness…

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…

I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these, I commit my day (Gal. 5:22-23).  If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest

-Max Lucado

—jane.wpatch.com

November 22, 2015 Melony Evans’ Heart to Heart

This article is from  Jane’s Daughter, Melony Evans

 Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 –  

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Studying Esther, we think about how sweet, precious Esther was taken to live in the harem of a wicked king. Think how her Uncle Mordecai must have felt when this beautiful, pure, innocent Jewish girl was taken from her home. His heart must have been breaking. How could something so unthinkable happen?

When Esther was then faced with the certain fate of her people and herself she asked her people to fast and pray. They fasted. They prayed. They waited. Then Esther goes before the king. She could have been killed for going without being summoned but we see that God’s hand was protecting her. There are many times in the story of Esther where we see God working in a quiet, behind the scene sort of way.

The truth is that many times God works in our lives in a quiet sort of way. He doesn’t change time or send lightning from heaven or speak in an audible voice. He does what He does. He moves in heart of people around us.

God is at work in our lives everyday in countless, unseen ways that we may never recognize.

Remember God is totally in control. We are never outside of His care. He always loves us unconditionally. He never loves us less, even when we are not listening to His voice or obeying Him.  He loves us with everlasting love.

The Father above has a wonderful plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Consecrate each day to God before your feet touch the floor.

Take time to read His word looking for His directives to you. You won’t have to read for hours. It may only take a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Before you read, ask the Lord to make His Word clear to you.

Psalm 113:1 

Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5&6 ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”