God’s Response to Us vs. Our Response to HIM

God’s Response to Us vs. Our Response to HIM

November 10, 2015

I posted this in my Face Book Study Group today of Cynthia Heald’s book, “Intamacy with God – In the Psalms  Chapter 6.

This chapter is about how responsive God is and that is such a blessing in which we all benefit.

I would like to respond to pg. 44 The God Who Answers. 

Question 1: We can certainly depend on that… 34: 4-6  “I cried to the Lord in may suffering and he heard me and set me free.”

Question 2: 107:7 Safety, v.8, rebelled, yet HE rescued,  v. 9, Satisfies ,showers compassion, v.13, Gracious in all he does.

Question 3:  What about our response?  There is a condition, necessary for God’s response to us.

Question 4: Is God unresponsive?  Read Ps. 88 slowly again?

This is what I want to comment on.

When we call out to Christ for help we must ask and expect Him to hear and respond, Yes!

But we also must admit our wrongdoing and be ready to do what He asks.

Have we examined our own heart?  Are we willing to change?

I see people on the news responding by demonstrating instead of Praying or living themselves obedient Christian lives.

In that regard, I often think of all the controversy that is going on in our world today. We Christians need to cry out for His response, Yes. I believe that  our response needs to be after we have prayed and confessed our own short comings.

Bible reading in the schools — are we reading God’s Word Daily ourselves and are our children being taught the principles of the 10 commandments.  (often I hear a response of sinful revenge and condemnation of others rather than teaching children to pray for the bully, or pray for the teacher, president or leader who is teaching lies.)

I am sorry to say this and indeed I pray a lot about this, but In our churches i overhear an attitude of complaining and whining about our Christian mistreatment instead of concern for the lost all around us.

Prayer in school— how much time are we Christians praying at home. Make a list.

Criticism of businesses who do not use the words Merry Christmas or play Christian music – – how much Christian music do we play in our homes.  Do you regularly listen to Christian Radio or TV.

For many years I have been bothered about the words “Merry” Christmas and began saying Have a Blessed Christmas.   I never said anything to anyone before about it because I feel this is not important.  Personally feel that there is far to much “merry” making and not enough Worship of Christ on the season to commemorate His birth. But, we don’t need to labor that point. 

WE NEED TO GIVE THE GOSPEL.

Yet, still I do not want to make THIS an issue to the public, because  until one truly knows Christ and starts reading His Word and serving Him obediently, according to the Scriptures this is not the message they need to hear.

Governments and schools who omit the “10 Commandments”, “in God we trust”,  and “under God”, are not the problem.

The problem is “We Christians” are holding the lost to a standard they will not understand until they repent and receive Christ and, Yes, grow in HIM.

Bottom Line…… this is just for you ladies who know Christ and are demonstrating a desire to study HIS WORD and honor Him with every moment of every day.

We, who know Christ, need to be spending our time and energy, on giving out the GOSPEL, instead of promoting causes, or seeing how many things we “Like” or don’t like on FB or in this world around us.

I am so convicted about this, personally…. Perhaps our next Bible Study should consist of ways to win souls for Christ.

Never before has church attendance been lower and churches are dying around us for lack of winning other to Christ and for lack of discipling  our own children.

Please excuse my long message and Yes, I am speaking  to each of us ladies that we will get busy and give out the most positive information available to us.  That is the Word of God and His Love for the Lost.

I want to Challenge each of you this next year of 2016 to began using your social media to give the Gospel in Response to God’s Sacrificial  love for us.

What is the Gospel?   Please read Matthew 28:16-20 and read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and begin to plan for 2016.

Read those passages several times…. then do this.

  1. Set your signature in your email and letters you write and send in snail mail with a Scripture truth about the Gospel.
  2. Pray and Ask the Lord to show you what to do on Social Media to spread the Gospel.
  3. Get some gospel tracts to put into you correspondence, bills, thank you notes. ( yes, give them to Christians too and suggest that they give them to someone who needs Christ.).
  4. Make list of people you witness to, date, response, etc. and record growth… and be sure to disciple them.
  5. Make a little by line that will help people remember you and that you love Christ.(….example…. Mine was….Singing His Praise!  and now I changed it to Still Singing His Praise in My Heart. since I am not able to sing out loud).

Thank you ladies for reading and prayerfully accepting this challenge as your response to GOD.

Still Singing His Praise in my Heart

Jane A Pierpont

October 18, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

October 18, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

AMY CARMICHAEL  penned these short comments  which later were put in a little book with the title, “IF”.

Amy began her little book with this Scripture:

Ephesians 3:17 (KJV)

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I want to read just a few for you today from my heart.

IF I HAVE NOT compassion on my fellow-servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child’s misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,” or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

And now as you have heard me read before, my favorite and hardest…..

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.

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

***********

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.

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

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

FEAR    DESPAIR    STRESS    LOSS   HEARTACHE  LONELINESS

Whatever you’re leaning on, whatever you’re looking to – to meet the deepest needs of your heart, will be the cause or the occasion of distress at some time or other—unless you’re leaning on the Lord.

The word Amen is from the word amenable, This is a person who is open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded.  A child who is easy to raise would be called amenable, cooperative, acquiescent, compliant, accommodating, obliging, manageable, controllable,  persuadable. Antonyms  would be unresponsive, resistant.

Last week John Wykes II asked if he hurt my hand when he shook my hand and we got to laughing about the types of handshakes.   The dead fish, or the knuckle breaker. Have you ever taken a persons hand and he or she did not respond, but it felt like a dead fish.

One time I was working in children’s church and I put my hand on a little girl’s shoulder to greet her and she tensed up and became very unresponsive.

Is this the way we are with the Lord. Do we resist His love and counsel.  Do you pull back from his guidance in His Word?   The Lord will never fail you. He will never distress you. He will never let you down.

Let’s look at  Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.

Now, let’s  look back to the previous Psalm. These are actually kind of twin psalms. Let’s look at Psalm 130, which just expands on hoping in the Lord. You fulfill Psalm 131:3, hoping in the Lord, by living out Psalm 130.

CAN YOU SING THIS SONG WITH DAVID……?

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord ;

Lord, hear my voice!

Let Your ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in His Word I do hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

More than those who watch for the morning—

Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

AMEN ?

August 8, 2015    Encouraging Words….

August 8, 2015 Encouraging Words….

Are you going through trials of many kinds….

James 1:2-4    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,   3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.   4. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Let me leave with you an encouraging word from   Amy Carmichael’s words….

today.

 

Hast Thou No Scar 

by Amy Carmichael

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet, I was wounded by the archers, spent.
Leaned me against the tree to die, and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole. Can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar?

Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

II Corinthians 12:9-10   “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

June 14, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

June 14, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart … Pastor’s Help Mate

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND

(CHURCH LEADERS, SONS, GRANDSONS ETC.)

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/media/uploads/pdf/articles/31DaysPrayingHusband.pdf

PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND  (CHURCH LEADERS, SONS,  young people, children, etc.)

Nancy DeMoss has a download available for praying for your husband for 31 days. I will refer to just a few of the suggested prayers for your husband. For those who are single women your ministry can be one of prayer for our spiritual leaders and  the young people in the church.

The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another Eph. 6:18 (KJV)  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home.  (Prov. 31:11-12). Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.

Pray that your husband will experience spiritual growth and guard his heart by Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation and scripture memorization. (2 Pet. 3:18  ”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 

 Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be wise and God-fearing.   Proverbs 3: 7-8 (NIV) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Pray that your husband’s heart will be tender toward the voice of the      Lord. Psalm 51:2-4 (NIV) “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate the evils of todays culture, and avoid it. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV) “The prudent see danger and take refuge,  but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

–  Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you.  Romans 13:14  (NIV)” Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Ladies, You have a ministry,  a “Great Commission” trough Prayer.  The prayer’s suggested in Nancy’s Challenge to pray for your husbands could fit anyone you are praying for with just a few minor alterations. Let’s be prayer warriors.  All of us, for everyone.

jane.wpatch.com

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

taylor & Lydia 1533911_10152136474621645_1004243655_nPRAYERS OF A WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE  ARE OF GREAT VALUE

As a pastor’s wife I have been challenged and convicted to pray for my husband.  This is out of love for him, love for the ministry and to glorify God.  We women may go to counselors, other women, seminars or support groups and indeed I have learned a great deal this way but I believe God is saying, “Try Me in this”!  The Lord is calling the church   “all born again Christians”  to Stand in the Gap.”  Can the Lord find us praying for our husbands, our marriages and our children’s marriages and praying for the leadership in the church.  This does not mean to go around and  to control people with your opinion of how things should be done but praying that God will give the leadership wisdom. He is Able. James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Ladies, praying should be your main ministry.  Can you imagine what this world would be like if women were praying daily for their husbands, their children and their mates? A woman partnering with God in prayer for her husband. Using your God given confidence is a powerful tool that God can use to pull down strongholds. This is not a means to get your way, women, it is for the Glory of God.  Titus 2:4 says:  “ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Join me for at least one hour a day. This is the greatest way for you to show love for your husband. You might say I don’t have a husband.  Perhaps your husband is with the Lord or you are a single person.  Then pray for a son, grandson or nephew or a young man in the church.

Step up to the call  and into the challenge. Jesus is interceding for you.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He delights in us.   Let the confidence you have in Christ within your feminine soul rise up and begin today. Partner with God for His Glory. Let us be women of prayer. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

How much time  does it take to drive to the grocery? Pray.  While you are preparing a meal, pray. Plan it. Choose verses that you can pray and put them on a card and post it at the sink. How about prayer during the commercials.  You all know what the mute button is. Or get up an hour earlier. If you wake in the night, pray. Make general lists and have them handy.  This is important?

We must understand that satan would have us and we must resist him. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and that we must submit to God–

Our Grand DIL  Lydia  arrived at her marriage to  Taylor  with a lovely white gown.   She had beautiful red flowers and as she lifted her dress to take a step you could she that she was wearing bright red Converse running shoes. I think we got the message that she was in it for the long haul…..    we  too need to think of that Bride in a beautiful white gown wearing work shoes, trusting God to defend.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV).   Make sure your heart is right daily, and then start out each day praying. Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

jane.wpatch.com

JANUARY 16, 2015… AS GIVEN TO THE DEACONS AND WIVES OF EVANGEL BAPTIST CHURCH (TAYLOR MI)

Introduction:  I can not think of a greater honor than to be able to speak to deacon wives. What a high calling this truly is.

This is not about climbing the social ladder of the church….not an elected office. This is about being a  servant/slave  in service with your life mate as his helpmate and supporting your husbands roll as servant.

“I Timothy 3:11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.”

The first qualification of course is that she is a Born again Christian and the one and only wife of a deacon. God has not called to “special service” those who have never answered the gospel call to service!

Have any of you ladies read any of Diana Davis books for Deacon Wives???  Such as… Fresh Ideas for Women’s Ministry

When I speak to ladies I always like to recommend reading materials for them that will help them in their ministry for Christ.

Just to give you a little idea about Diana – She is a deacon’s daughter and a Pastor’s wife, women’s speaker, writer, columnist, and has been the pastor’s wife to anywhere from 2 – 100 deacon wives in the life of their ministry together.

Let me begin with a quote from her book entitled, DEACON WIVES. Published by LifeWay.

(and I quote)   #1 Smile

A joyful heart makes a face cheerful…” Proverbs 15:13a

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)

Got joy?

This story is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. I spent time each week discipling Janet, a new Christian. She had asked about the role of deacons, and she quipped, “Oh, I’ve figured out how to spot which ones are the deacon wives.” Curiously, I took the bait. “How?” “They’re the ones with the scowls on their faces!” My heart sank. As I sat there, picturing the deacon wives that she had met, I realized that their faces did hold a permanent frown! Janet didn’t know their kind hearts and loving ways. She merely saw their outward appearance. The next time I was with them, I related that sad story, and challenged them to smile.

Scripture challenges us to “Be joyful always” I Thessalonians 5:16.

As a deacon wife, set the pace for joy at your church. Does your countenance convey joy? Does your family and church know that you have joy? Do you do God’s work with joy? Do your words reflect joy?

Speak positive words. It was a weekly phenomenon. After Sunday morning worship, I’d stand beside my pastor/husband, and we’d greet worshippers as they departed the service. One person would say, “Pastor, we need to turn that air conditioning down. It was sweltering in there today.” The very next person in line would comment, “I nearly froze to death in there!” Many complaints have little to do with eternity. Is it really worth launching a campaign to argue about carpet color or the arrangement of furniture? Don’t be the constant complainer.

A constant complainer reflects poorly on her God. She deters friends. She hurts her witness and her integrity. If you’ve developed a habit of complaining at home or at church, change that habit! John put it succinctly:“Stop complaining among yourselves.” John 6:43.

Christians have something to smile about. The God of our universe has written our names on his hand. (Isaiah 49:16). He cares intimately for us. He knows every detail about us, right down to the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7). He’s promised us a life “more abundant!” John 10:10. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. So smile.” (END OF QUOTE)

Now ladies,

I know first hand that smiling is not always easy…. As you can see…. I use a cane and sometimes a wheel chair….

A few years ago, I winced in pain and often when I got up from a chair or bent over and I would even groan out loud.

One of my young grandsons said, “Grandma, you scare me when you do that.”   Since that time I have prayed much that God would give me victory over whining and complaining and even showing pain on my face. I have to admit at times – not very successfully

I realized if this bothered a child perhaps this also would affect others around me in the church ministry.  I prayed and asked the Lord to forgive me and help me to show the JOY that I have in serving Him in such a way that it would be contagious to others. 

For over sixty years I have enjoyed that honor of “Singing His Praise”, and I have loved the ministry of music but in the past few years singing has become painful for me too and this truly has been the hardest thing for me to give up.

But, I praise the Lord that little by little He is helping me to say that I am “Still Singing HIs Praise in My Heart”.  He has not changed.  His love for me has not changed.  The song for Him is still inside of me.  Often I still start to sing around the house but have to stop after a line or two.

Can you say that you have JOY in your heart and does it show on your face….. Pray about this. This leads me to my second point.  Really this is your most important ministry.

# 2 Prayer

I have learned that praying about everything is the most important thing we ladies can do for the honor and glory of the Lord in the church – PRAY.

Now I am not just talking about you personal prayer time and Bible reading what we would call our personal devotions.  That should go without saying.   We of all people should be having our own personal quiet time with the Lord. 

But I find in ministry while serving in the church Sunday School classes, services, at funerals, weddings, picnics. RIGHT – every function of the Lord’s work needs people praying.

I have had people say to me I didn’t get to talk with you today because (fill in the blank)  you were playing the piano,  you were talking to those new people….or you were busy.   Right – doing the Lord’s work.

We need to be above that….   Call your pastor or his wife,  write them and note….. But pray for and with them as they minister. Ultimately you too will be doing ministry with an understanding heart.

How to pray for the Lord’s work in HIS ministry..

Pastor & His wife (filling of the spirit, wisdom &   strength), Deacons & wives, Church Officers(clerk, treasurer, Music leaders, cleaners, decorators, tech. Support people, etc.) when things aren’t going the way that you think they should  – PRAY

Winning the lost to Christ, Evangelism by each Christian in the church by name and their daily witness and life for Christ – PRAY

During the service when you see or hear a young mother struggling with her baby or young child, if something goes wrong causes a distraction in the service that could be distracting, for the pastor, the soloist or musicians, for those running the sound system. What a privilege we have to have immediate access to the Heavenly Father. He is able to solve those problems in a moment – PRAY

For our young people in the worship service, for an attentive heart and the Holy Spirits work in their lives. – PRAY

For our college and career age for direction and obedience to HIS will. -PRAY

For parents whose lives are filled with activities, their jobs and children’s lives that they will be able to accept God’s will for them. –PRAY

For those sitting around you as you participate with JOY in the service. -PRAY

Just think of the power of  PRAYER  scattered all around in the various ministries in God’s church.

What a  privilege to be a part of that heritage

#3 I would encourage all of you to memorize I Cor. 13….

Smile and Pray & Hide God’s Word in your heart.

Listen to this paraphrase from The Living Bible

1 Corinthians 13 Living Bible (TLB)

13:1  If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise.

If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love.

If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud,

never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.

If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear.

Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor.

10 But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.

11 It’s like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things.

12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.

13 There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Living Bible (TLB)

October 12, 2014   JANE’S HEART TO HEART   PASTOR’S HELPMATE

I decided today to talk to you about why I feel Christian Biblical Counseling is so important.  Having been in the ministry for over 50 years and while working in education and administration in our Christian schools  I decided to pursue additional training in the Christian counseling area to better equip myself to the task of counseling parents, children, friends and family.

My goal as a Christian counselor is to empower the counselee to live a life of enduring commitment to Christ, faithfulness to the Word of God,   moral integrity,  intellectual growth and a lasting contribution to  spreading the Gospel. My heart’s desire is to encourage and help those who want help in their walk with the Lord.

Commitment to Christ, as displayed by:

–Acceptance and acknowledgment of Christ as Lord and Savior

–Unreserved worship of God –Pursuit of Christlikeness in word, deed and attitude.

The first of these, knowing that  that person has accepted Christ as his or her own personal Saviour and Lord. Secondly, that that person is determined to worship God by faithful church attendance as a testimony to others and a means of outreach.   Thirdly, to live a life above reproach so that others watching will see Christ in the way he or she talks, behaves and responses to others.

Often the world view of things overlooks the spiritual while some “worldly authorities” are beginning to come to the realization that true counsel needs to also address the spiritual level and  even prayer.  Yet, if the counselor is not born again and does not know the Word of God it is impossible for true spiritual counsel to take place.   I Cor. 1:18   “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 …hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Chap.2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

This is why it is important for the Christian counselor to be as well informed as possible yet realizing that the information learned must be Scriptural…. In other words in harmony with the Word of God. Anything that does not clear that criteria is not truth and should not be used.

Often the unsaved and even the professing Christian resists receiving counsel  from  Christian   Counselors  such as their pastor or pastor’s wife because they do not want to make the necessary changes that becoming a Christian involves or as a Christian are not living the Christian life according to the Scriptures and don’t want to change, which often can be the reason for  the need for counsel.

It is also important for Christians to pray fervently for their fellow Christian when they have times of depression, discouragement or times when they are just not right with the Lord….  This is not a time for talking about them but praying that God will help them in their need.

I would truly like to encourage each of you ladies if there is a topic that you would like to have me cover in my Heart to Hearts, please send a short note to me and I will respond as soon as possible.  Your name will not be published. 

             You may read the comments on these topics at  jane@wpatch.com.

Part 8: PSALM 23:4b – “Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me”

June 15, 2014     Jane’s HEART TO HEART   …. PASTOR’S HELPMATE

PS. 23:4b “…THY  ROD AND STAFF THEY COMFORT ME.

REALLY!     COMFORT ME?

On a blog on the internet called Jodi’s Journal….Oct 2009 she also sites W. Phillip Keller in his book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.  How can a rod and staff bring comfort?  A rod and a staff are the universal instruments used by shepherds. The rod represents  God’s Word. It is absolute Truth and has full authority. God’s Word “keeps our lives free from confusion and chaos.” His Word brings peace and “quiet serenity.”

 The rod has four basic functions. First, “as a symbol of the shepherd’s strength, power, and authority.” Second, an instrument of discipline to correct wayward sheep. “With it, the owner is able to carry out effective control of his flock in every situation.” Third, to examine and count the sheep. The Old Testament term was “passing under the rod.”  Finally, it serves as an “instrument of protection for the shepherd and his sheep when  in danger.“

The staff represents the Holy Spirit who provides comfort to believers – He is the still, small voice that stirs our soul to desire intimacy with God.  Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit. …“the Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13).

This reminds me of the small child screaming for his own way and when the wise parent steps in and corrects the child, then the child experiences a calm and even happiness in his boundary. The other day I heard a  wise parent say to a disobedient child: “Just remember if you are disobedient to me, then the Lord’s  correction may be  harder than mine.”

Often we live our lives on the “Zip line” of careless disobedience and when the  line breaks we cry out to God expecting answered prayer.   

“The Holy spirit says, ‘This is the way – walk in it.’ And as we comply with His gentle promptings, a sense of safety, envelops us. If we take the time to ask God for guidance, it “conveys the mind of Christ”  and there is a calm repose in the knowledge that He is there to direct  in the most minute details of our daily living.”

Ps. 37:3-4 says: “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

“…THY  ROD AND STAFF THEY COMFORT ME.