June 12, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Youth Sunday

It Depends On Whose Hands It’s In    

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth about $19 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.

A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands is a Wimbleton Championship.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.

Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands, because It depends whose hand it’s in.

“This is Psalms 31:5 with one word added–Father. “Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” However, when Jesus said it on the cross He not only made it exceptionally lovely, but showed something very significant when He added the word Father. He proclaimed relationship and He even showed us while on the cross. –

http://www.godisgroovy.com/poems/whoshands.shtml

Jewish Mothers always taught their children to say, “I pray the Lord my soul to keep..”

Joseph Addison in an essay  in

The Spectator on March 8, 1711.

When I lay me down to Sleep,

I recommend my self to His care;

when I awake, I give my self up to

His Direction,

Amen.

November 15, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

I would like to read a poem which Rev. Ken Floyd read at the MARBC conference a few weeks ago.  At this time of year we often talk about things we are Thankful for yet often we remain in our usual state of discontentment.

Discontent…  

It was Spring, but it was Summer I wanted-  The warm days and the great outdoors.

It was Summer, but it was Autumn I wanted- The colourful leaves and the cool dry air.

It was Autumn, but it was Winter I wanted- The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.

It was Winter, but it was spring I wanted- The warmth and the blossoming of nature.

I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted- The freedom and the respect.

I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted-  To be mature and sophisticated.

I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted-   The youth and the free spirit.

I was retired, but it was middle-age I wanted-    The presence of mind, without limitations.

Then my life was over, and I never got what I wanted.

Micah 7:18 (KJV)  18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Perhaps we could sing this song which we used  for the theme song of our Christian School in Bedford Michigan.

Hallelujah, to Thy Name  

1.  O Thou God of endless days,  Who can utter all Thy praise?  Refrain: Hallelujah to Thy name, Hallelujah, we adore; Hallelujah to Thy name, O for grace to love Thee more.

2.  Thou hast given us Thy Word  From Thy heart our hearts have heard.

3.  Thou hast full atonement made,  And for all the ransom paid.

4.  Thou hast by Thy Spirit’s light  Shined away our spirit’s night.

5.  Thou hast pledged Thy presence here,  Nearer than our sorrows, near.

6.  Thou hast promised full reward,  All in all art Thou, O Lord.   Study these….

Philippians 3:14-15 (KJV)  14, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  15. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.