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 2013

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children. To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.” (Psalm 103:17,18)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Here we are in April already, and we have already had Resurrection Sunday! Spring is on its way! Glory!

This long winter has been a great time to stay in and stay warm, while meditating on the Word of God. We have seen so much happening in our world and in our surroundings lately. It is as if time is just shooting by quickly and at a blink of an eye we see change after change, and much of it is too much to digest. This winter I began thinking more and more of our future generations. I have two married daughters, a granddaughter and grandson who are both married and a grandson who is engaged to be married. As of now, there are no great grandchildren, but I know the day will be coming. I began to wonder what the world will be like as these future great grandchildren are born, and what issues will they have to face in life. Every day there are rumors of wars, or wars going on. Every day we hear about inflation and what is happening to the worlds’ economy. From what I hear on the news, our public schools are in deep trouble both with their secular view points and items forcing teachers to be quiet when it comes to being Christian and Christian values. I remember when I was in school we had assembly once a week. We wore red white and blue on that day. We started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, sang God bless America, and then to todays’ eyes the worst, a reading from the Bible! Did it hurt us in any way? Of course not! We grew up with faith in God and values and respect for our country, and our elders. We were not ashamed of our faith and gladly spoke about it. We had our problems of course, but it was a different way of life. We knew the definition of marriage, we knew that when a woman was pregnant, whether the baby was planned or not, it was a baby. We were taught to wait till marriage for intimacy. I heard a commercial on TV this week telling girls ages 11 and up who are sexually active to get a shot to prevent a virus! Age 11?

Forgive me if I am sounding like a doom master. I am not, I am simply saying that there are things that we held dear and values that we respected that are slowly being forgotten or thought of as naive. As a result the world as some of us knew it is quickly changing, and if you are younger, your world will also see many changes. That is, unless we all work together to hold fast the truths of the Bible. Each generation has that chance. Each generation can choose to work hard, let their voice be heard, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we are lazy, then our future generations will suffer. Let us stand up and be counted among those who love Jesus, who know that salvation is only through Him, and who want to see their great grandchildren and beyond all free to love Him and serve Him. God promises that His mercy lasts from everlasting to everlasting to those who follow Him and keep His Word. It is so simple!! If we want change, we follow Christ, we teach our children and their children the truth of the Bible, the Written Word of God. We become examples to them in our lives, in our thinking and in our actions. We show the love of Christ even when we are being persecuted! We hold on to His promises, and His direction for living. All He wants is for us to know Him, love Him, and serve Him! If we do that much, lives can be changed! When people look at us, what do they see? When our family, those closest to us want to see what Jesus is like, who do they look to? Following the Word of God, being faithful, showing love when someone is against us, and the biggest of all, showing forgiveness in the midst of persecution will draw others to Christ. Jesus shows us how to live by His own example. He also had righteous anger, such as when He overturned the tables at the Temple. (John 2:14-16) Right there it shows what we should be feeling when we see things going on that need to be stopped. Jesus was pro-active, He did not sit and idly watch what was going on, He did something about it.

What we do in the time God has given us to live on this earth matters. It matters to our future generations. God has give us a promise to show mercy to those who keep His covenant and remember His commandments. (Ps. 103:17,18) If we want to know that the future generations in our families will make it to heaven, then we must start now if we already haven’t. We must make Jesus the Lord of our lives, and we must live as though we mean it! Let us hold on to Him, and to His Word for His promises. Let us read His Word every day, learn from it, digest it, and then live it. Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but let us go out and serve Him wherever we are needed. Let us be proactive in politics, in schools, in our neighborhoods and right where we live, with our loved ones.

Did you ever think about what people will say about you after you are gone? I have, and certainly hope and pray that my life will leave a mark on this earth for God and His people. Age has nothing to do with it. We have volunteers on the Hope Connection Prayer Line who are in their 90s! There is always a way where we can touch lives and make a difference. God is calling each and every one of us to do just that. He promises that if we do, our future generations will be blessed. Think of your great great grandchildren! If you do not have children, think of those around you, and pray for them. You will be blessed beyond measure. Let us pray.

Father, in Jesus’ precious Name, we come before You and worship You in Spirit and in Truth. Father, our desire is to make that difference that is needed for today and for our future generations. Father, give us wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You so that we can pass it on to others. Help us Lord to be like You, to follow all that You have taught us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we can press on to victory in our lives and in the lives of others. Thank you Lord! Amen! God bless you!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara

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