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.

July 2006

“I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” (Jeremiah 33:22)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you, and your loved ones. Here we are again, enjoying the lazy days of summer, basking in the warmth of the sun and the Son. Isn’t God so Good to give us seasons where we can slow down and relax a bit? Yes, we still have to work, and still have to run our households, but there is a change in the atmosphere. It is more relaxed, even with the children home from school! We don’t have to rush everywhere, driving them to school, to practice, to all their activities. We can take the time for family recreation and enjoy the beauty of nature while keeping focus on the glory of our Savior.

When I was a young girl, my mother and I used to love to go to the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Our favorite time to go was at night, where we would lie on the sand and gaze at the stars, while listening to the waves gently coming in to shore. It was so peaceful and quiet, even with all the other people around us. It was a perfect time to take in the Majesty of God, and ponder upon His Awesomeness. The dark sky was lit up with myriads of sparkly stars twinkling down upon the earth. The ocean breezes brought serenity and peace to our hearts. The vastness of the universe seemed to unfold us as a cocoon, making us feel as if we were one with God and nothing else existed. It was a moment in time to remember, a special gift from God.

When we think of how God created the earth, creating each grain of sand, each star in the universe, each molecule that forms to make a human being, it boggles our mind. He knows and holds in place every part that makes the earth, every human being, every animal from the depths of the sea to the birds in the air. How can we ever fathom His Greatness? How can we ever doubt His love or His care for us? He loves us, He loves you and me! He knows all about us, He knows our joys, our sorrows, our plans, our hopes our dreams! His attention never diverts from you or me for a single moment! He keeps every promise He has made, and is never distracted by another child of His. He, Who created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in it, is able to focus on every thing He has created at all times at the same time! This is why we do not worry about the earth falling into space, or the ocean drying up, or the stars falling down on us! Glory! He holds it all into place!

Can you just imagine now, the magnitude of what He is saying in Jeremiah 33:22? As Christians, you and I are the descendants God is speaking about! As Jesus came from the line of David, we, as His followers receive the inheritance of all that God has promised. As we minister unto the Lord, we enter into the heavenly realm where no man or demon can rob us of what belongs to us. We take our place as Blood-bought children of God, and we enter into the heavenlies to bow before Him and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. He is the Great “I Am,” the “Alpha and Omega,” “The Beginning and the End!” He is our Healer, our Deliverer, our Lord, and our Savior! He is our All in All!

Yes, life hands us challenges, God never promised us that we would not have tribulation in the world. There will always be challenges to overcome, but with God all things are possible. As times become more intense, with war, with famine, with pestilence, with earthquakes and hurricanes, we must always remember to Whom we belong! We must always remember God’s promises to us, and to our seed, and hold on to them!

It is time for the children of God; us, you and me, to come out of our slumber and realize the magnitude of Who God is, and make it a priority to grow in Him, and fulfill our destiny! When the trials come, people will look to the church for answers. Will we be found faithful? Will we be prepared with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to go forth and bear witness to this generation? Let us ponder upon where our values lie, and what our priorities are. What are the most important issues of life? Where are we heading? Will Jesus find the church faithful when He places His feet on the Mt. of Olives, as He surely will some day? What will He find? Will He find a people whose desire is to be free of anything that would hinder their relationship with Him? Will He find a people who are love-sick for their Lord and Savior? Will He find a people whose only desire is to sit at His feet and minister to Him as David did? Will we dance before the Lord in total abandonment, praising and worshipping Him? If we are as those grains of sand, then let us fix our priorities now!

Those of us, who are willing to be spent for Jesus, will hold onto what is truly important. Look around, and what do you see? People…people are what is important…people who need to know about Jesus, who need to know that there is more to life than just what is here on earth. People who need to know that they matter, that Jesus loves them so much that He came to earth to live, to suffer, and to die for them so that they can have life eternal. It is time to attack, push back and invade the powers of darkness that are holding our sons and daughters and loved ones captive. It is time to rise up, take hold of our inheritance, take charge, and snatch our loved ones from the enemy! What a privilege it is to be able to give hope to those in despair! What a privilege to be able to offer the richness of God’s love and grace to those who are hurting! Tonight, look up at the sky and count the stars. Put your loved ones names on them. Count your loved ones as children of God, and see them in your spirit dancing before the Lord. Can you picture His laughter as He claps His hands while lovingly watching over them? See it happen, and begin praising Him now for it.

God bless you,

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.