CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

April 2012

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Our team is doing well, we are excited about what God is doing in our midst. Calls have been coming in rapidly, and people are receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. As weather changes take place, and rumors of war are heard, even those who have firmly rejected the Bible are starting to take notice and question its authority. It is like reading today’s news! It is always a privilege to minister to our callers, and especially to win a soul for Jesus. There is nothing more important than that!

In the midst of the trials that are taking place, we have to know that we are not to be afraid. Jesus tells us that He gives us peace, and it is up to us to receive it. Recently I went through a trial that shook me up tremendously. It was something that I could not have prevented, and it happened so suddenly, and it involved someone I care about. When these things happen, our first response is shock, and then reality. When that hits, it is so easy to go into a depression, which I did. I trusted God to take care of it, but at the same time I felt so helpless and angry that it happened. It was a real struggle to keep my mind fixed on Him. I would be okay for a while, not one hundred percent myself, but okay. Then it would hit again and nothing seemed to pull me out of it. It even seemed as if God was silent and I could not find an answer from Him.

Throughout life, there are events that knock us for a loop, and I am sure you will agree with me. We would love to be able to just change a situation, fix it and let it be over with. However, that does not happen at times. We have to go through something while holding on to Jesus, and trusting. There were times when I felt God’s peace, but have to be honest here, it did not happen often. Finally, a day came when it was as if God was speaking to me, and He asked me who I thought He was. Of course, I came up with He is Jesus, Son of God, my Lord and my Savior. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the End. He is our Healer, our Deliverer, our Comforter, and so much more. So.... if He was all these things, why was I not receiving from Him? Why was I holding on to depression and despair? Where was I going with this, and why was I not receiving? This situation was not about me, it was about someone else, but when it is someone you care about, it is the same as if it were about you. I had to keep reminding myself that Jesus knew ALL that concerned both of us! He stands there waiting for us

to come to Him, to bring our fears, our trouble, our hopes and dreams to Him. He is there to give peace. He stands there and holds it out for us and it is up to us to receive it.

I think when we finally come to receive His peace and all that He wants to give us, it is then that “self” is let go of. When we receive from Him, it means that we are willing to put our lives and our trust totally in His care, and forget about our fears and failures. It means trusting Jesus completely with what is holding us down. It even means allowing ourselves to feel good and stop crying.

Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to teach us all things, to comfort us, to give us peace. He did not leave us as orphans. The Holy Spirit lives in us to help us along in life. However this is an ongoing process. One minister, I can’t think of his name right now, said that he asked the Holy Spirit to live in him every day. Why? Because he leaks! If we could only understand and get it ingrained in us, to call upon Jesus every morning, ask Him to lead and guide our day! If we would ask Him to be our Rear Guard, and protect us from all harm, ask for His Wisdom, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with His Gifts, His peace, His comfort, His love, and all that we need for the day, we would be a step ahead of things. We would be able to take on each day with confidence knowing that if God is for us, who can be against us? There is a way out! God is Faithful, He will never allow the righteous to be forsaken. (I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging for bread.” (Ps. 37:25) Therefore, not matter what happens in this life, we do have a Savior Who loves us and cares about us. He sees and knows everything we go through and He will step in and hold us up. He will see to it that we are comforted, He will encourage us and cheer us on. Praise God, He is at the Right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us. (Heb. 7:25)

When things happen beyond our control, we have to know that God is still in control. He is for us, and He will see things through. Let us practice trust. Let us practice hope. Let us practice peace. Yes, peace needs to be practiced. Let us, together right now, take a deep breath, put a smile on our face, and thank God in advance for His peace. Let us place our burden in His arms, and not take it back. Let us know that He is God and with Him all things are possible. We may not be able to change things, but God can. He can also change how we react to things if we ask for His help. Our attitude is everything, it makes the difference in how we will live. When our loved ones hurt, we hurt. Therefore, PRAY! Trust that God hears and will answer. Trust that all things work together for the good, no matter how it looks. Face life with hope and strength and joy! Yes! God says “...weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” (Ps. 30:5b)

Let us pray... “Father, in Jesus Name, His Wonderful Name, we come before You and worship and adore You. Father, we are asking if You could help us to trust, help us to have Your Word so ingrained in our heart that it becomes a part of us. Help us to be encouraged and be strong in You. Fill our hearts with joy today! It is morning! Jesus has come, He has died, and has Risen from the dead. Victory has come! Amen! Happy Resurrection Sunday, and God bless you!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara

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