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.

December 2008

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. All is well here, and we are  praising God for a wonderful year of ministry. So much has happened this year; all good things! We were very busy with our Hope Connection prayer line, and the God TV prayer line. We also held our Caregivers Support Groups, and our senior volunteers called their assigned seniors to chat and pray. Our NYS  involvement in The Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem was a huge blessing. So much more! You will receive a full account in January’s mailing. Thank you so much  for your prayers and your giving. You partner with us in all that is accomplished for His honor and glory.

So... here we are in December. Can you believe it? Christmas is almost here, and so much is going on in the world. We absolutely need to re-order our steps and check our vision for the coming days. While the world is in turmoil, with wars and terrorists, and financial woes, those of us who are grounded in the Word hold on to a Hope that the world does not have. The world  seeks wisdom and order and comfort from sources that will never satisfy. Leaders are looked up to, and leaders can fall. Money has been a god to people, and that fails also. 

Even those in leadership within the church fail, and then where does that leave us? Do we give up on everything? Where does our faith lie? What have we been grounded in as Christians? What hope do we have that the world does not have? For instance, if someone were to ask you today why you are a Christian, and what does it mean to follow Christ, what would your answer be? Who is Jesus? Why do we celebrate His birth this month? What draws us to Him?

Some people say that Jesus is their Healer. Yes, He heals us. “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pt. 2:24) Others say that He is their Guide. Yes, His Holy Spirit  guides us.(John 16:13)  Others say that He saves us from eternity in hell. Yes, absolutely! (John 1:29) His death on the Cross, the Blood that He shed, the Stripes that He bore all bear witness to Who He is and why we follow Him. He also teaches us how to live. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34,35) Of course, there is so much more! This is why it is imperative for us to stay in the Word!

Today, the world is looking for answers. New Age, false religions and self help manuals all cry out that they have the answers. Yes, they can produce “good feeling” results, but that only lasts a moment, and let’s face it, they can also be very dangerous. If we are looking for freshness, the Bible is always new! Did you ever notice that each time you read it you see something that you did not see before? If we could read the Bible once and understand all of it that one time, there would be no reason to go back to it, to learn, to grow, to draw closer to God. This is God’s plan! He wants us to draw near to Him each day and seek His face in our everyday life. He delights in us, He wants us to go after Him the way a lover goes after the one he desires. If we knew it all we would lose that desire and grow complacent, and the danger in that is once we are complacent, we become lukewarm. Jesus said that He would rather us become cold than lukewarm.  “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Rev. 3:16)

In Paul's letter to Timothy he says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) We must treasure and value the full Word of God if we are going to survive in these trying times, and if our desire is to see future generations find salvation through Jesus Christ. Let us not be deceived by false teaching or feelings. I am all for experiencing everything God has for me; I desire to know Him intimately, and when I get into my prayer closet I love those times when God meets me where I am and encourages me and fills me with His love and His joy. I love and desire all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit! I want to use them in ministering to others! I want to see people healed and set free! I love the prophetic and I desire to encourage the Body of Christ through that Gift. “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.”(1Cor. 14:39) However, if I have these Gifts and have not love, what good is it? If God desires to give me dreams and visions and all kinds of wonderful experiences that’s awesome! However, if I do not adhere to the Word of God, what good will come from it?  A dream can be powerful and give a strong message.   However, there is only one thing substantial that can be depended upon. What can be depended upon is the Bible, which is the full counsel of God! Let us get back to the basics and place our trust in Jesus and in His written Word. Let us have balance in our walk with Him.

Father, in Jesus Mighty and Precious Name, I lift this reader up to You. I ask You Lord to reveal Yourself in a powerful way through Your Word during this Christmas season. As we celebrate Your life and all that You have done for us, we give You praise and honor. Thank You for coming to this world, living a sinless life, and willingly go to the Cross of Calvary as our substitute. You suffered and died and Rose again so that we can have eternal life. Thank You Jesus! Thank You for Your Word, which gives us life and hope and healing. For You are the Word, You are the eternal, ultimate expression of God. All things were made through You, and in You was life. You are the Light that shines in the darkness. (Jn. 1:1-3) We praise You, and worship You, and adore You. Happy Birthday Jesus! Amen! Merry Christmas, and a Healthy,  Happy, and Phosphorous  New Year! May you grow powerfully in Christ as His birth, life, death and Resurrection become fixed in your heart and life. Amen.

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara