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 2016

“Seeing that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. “ (Hebrews 4:14,15)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. All is fine here, we are busy with our phone lines and souls are being won to the Lord. Praise God! There is absolutely nothing more wonderful than when someone turns their life over to Christ, because this determines their future destiny. The Bible says that “Likewise, I say to you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Who is rejoicing here? Yes, the angels are rejoicing, but they are rejoicing along with God, and along with those who have gone before us. Isn’t this so exciting to think about? Each one of us is so important to God that all of heaven are thrilled to hear that we have accepted Jesus into our life!

Our God is a compassionate God. Jesus came to earth so that He could know how it feels to be in a body of flesh, and also, tempted by the enemy, Satan. He went through every situation that we could go through so that He could identify with us. He was tempted by the enemy of our soul, He was angry at things He saw, such as the selling at the Temple when it should have been a house of prayer. He was cold, He was thirsty, He was hungry, and He was tired. He was made fun of, He was abused, He was tortured. In every circumstance, all of us would think that He certainly had the right to stand up for Himself, or see to it that those who did this to Him were punished. But He did just the opposite. He continued to love, He continued to comfort, He continued to preach and teach. When tempted by the devil, He used the Scriptures to rebuke him. When laughed at, and mocked, He still loved.... He did not curse.

Because of all this, we now have a High Priest who we can come before, boldly, to obtain mercy and find grace in time of need. (Heb. 4:14,15) We are told to come BOLDLY to God for mercy and grace. We are not to be afraid to do so! No one should ever feel as if what they have done in weakness cannot be brought to God for forgiveness! The Bible says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance, God had passed over the sins that were previously

committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3: 23-26)

We are born in sin because we inherited the sin nature from Adam. We all make choices that have broken God’s heart, but when we received Jesus into our heart and confessed Him as Lord and Savior, a door opened up for us. That door is forgiveness of sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) However, there is a test of knowing Christ. “Now by this we know that we love Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says “I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.”(1John 2:3,4)

Now let us hold on to this: “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:5,6) Okay, so..... if we truly love Him; if we truly want to walk as He walked, we will be convicted of any sinful thoughts, any thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God, any thoughts of saying or doing anything that would break His heart. Holy Spirit lives in us. He will, in that still small voice, whisper to us telling us, “do not do that; that will bring hurt; that will cause consequences; that will not be for your good, etc. What we do with that is what counts. Our primary goal should always be to want to be in God’s perfect will.

Since we still have a sin nature, we are given the choice of how we will live. We can choose between good and evil. It is so important to be in tune with Holy Spirit and live each day as if it is our last. Holy Spirit will guide us, and teach us, as we open ourselves to listen. A while ago, I prayed and asked Holy Spirit to please give me direction, and guide me through my days. Since then, it seems as if He is right by my side whispering words of caution, words of wisdom, and gave answers that I have needed! I have learned to be silent and wait, not to jump the gun so to speak. Last Sunday, I woke up early enough to attend our early service in church. I was so happy as I began to plan my day when something happened to completely change it. I took out my checkbook to write a check for my tithes and all the checks were used. So, I went to get another checkbook from where I normally keep them, and... there was none there! I started to panic, searched all over, when suddenly I heard “relax, sit for awhile.” While sitting, I realized that I never ordered more checks. By this time, the early church service was ready to start, so while grumping about the situation, I gave up and decided to go to the later service. That was when Holy Spirit helped me to relax, call to order checks, have a cup of tea, and check for cash for my tithe. I did so, and the rest of the day went smoothly. I went to the second service, and took care of some things afterward that came to mind. I don’t know if Holy Spirit kept me from possible harm, but who knows? I praise Him for all! When our days do not go as planned, let us always remember to praise God for it!

Father, in Jesus Name, I lift up this reader to You, and place him or her into Your loving arms. Father, give this person peace, and joy, and guidance in all things. Holy Spirit, fill this heart with Your love and guidance. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.