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.

June 2014

"Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:  'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."'(Rev.4:8)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine and enjoying the Spring season. It is just so wonderful to see flowers growing, and the lush greenery all around. What a blessing! When we think of it, God's climate seasons are much like our seasons in life. We go through the cold, dark times when troubles hit, and then suddenly there is a breakthrough! Suddenly everything seems bright again, and we take a deep breath and face towards the Son who has taken us through, Who was with us all the time. He is Faithful, and He turns things around in a day!

We serve a Holy God who had us in mind from the beginning of time, and He is Faithful to watch over us, and take us through life when we turn our eyes towards Him. He always was, and always will be our Father who waits to hear from us. His love and care carry us through life even when we do not see it or feel it. He simply waits for us to come to Him because He will not force Himself on us. He wants us to willingly come to Him to tell Him our needs and receive His blessings. He deserves our praise in response to, and recognition of, His nature and character. Just think for a moment how you feel about your children. A good parent will always want their child no matter what their age, to come to them and spend time with them. A good parent will be there to help in times of need. That parent cannot control their child's life, and should not want to. It is in the course of nature to at one point let go and let that child find its own way. It can break our heart at times, as we see wrong choices or illness or anything else come along that can steer that child in the wrong direction, or terribly affect that child's quality of life. As parents we can only see a glimmer of what our Heavenly Father feels as He watches over His children. In the same way that we, as parents, have to step back, so does our Father in heaven. We all must find our way and learn to trust in Him, which is the way to His heart.

The living creatures are centered around the Throne in heaven. They are a second group of angels within the circle of 24 elders. Whenever they give glory, honor, and praise to God, the twenty four elders fall down before Him who sits on the Throne, and worship Him. They lay their crowns before Him and say:

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being." (Rev. 4:11)

I cannot see Heaven as a quiet place. Praising God in heaven or on earth is spontaneous because of the recognition of Who He is and all that He has done! Just as when we see a performance by an artist or musician that is extraordinary, and we spontaneously rise up to shout and clap and joyfully join with others to acknowledge a great performance, we will be doing this for God even more so in heaven!

We will behold His Majesty, we will fully understand all that He has done for us! We will fully understand the Trinity, and how each, being three Persons in One God, had a role in our lives. The very fact that we were born for this will overwhelm us and flood our being with unending praise and joy unspeakable. Think about the most wonderful and awesome day of your life. What was it? Was it your Graduation... your wedding day.. the birth of your child...your promotion to the position you have always dreamed about... the day and hour you received Jesus into your life as your personal Lord and Savior... the day you heard from your doctor that all is well... the time when you reached a goal that you never thought possible... ? We have all had moments and days of pure joy, where we thought that nothing could compare with it. That life was just so glorious! Then we steadily came back to earth to go through all the things we go through, simply by living. Jesus never promised us that life would be perfect. But He did say "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Therefore, we do, on this earth, have a small glimpse of heaven. God does answer prayer, He does give us happy surprises, He does watch over us, and He does love us with an everlasting love. "The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with loving-kindness." (Jeremiah 31:3) Thank you Lord!!

Can you just sit back for a minute and try to imagine the joy, the adoration, the Glory of Who He is and being able to see Him Face to Face? How could we be quiet? We would have to join in with the Angels and those who have gone before us and shout out our praises to the One who created us for such as time as this! That we will live with Him forever and ever in heaven, where there is no pain, and where there is no sorrow. We will be filled with His love to perfection. We have a glimpse of it here, but in heaven it will be like no other love we have ever known. We will fully understand and experience all that He has created us for. Praise God! Let us join with them now while on earth, let us behold His Glory as much as we humanly can and worship Him loudly, with our whole being!

Father, in Jesus' Mighty Name we come before You and worship and adore You! We love You Lord! We praise You! Thank You for all that You have done; thank You Jesus  for coming to the earth to experience all that we do; thank You for the Cross, for dying for our sins so that we can be with you in heaven; thank You Holy Spirit for living in us and showing us the way to heaven! Pour out your blessings upon this reader, so that he or she can fully understand and see all you have done just for him or her. Amen!

God bless you as you pray for others!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.