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.

May 2007

"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.... "  (1 Chron. 28:9,10)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all well and praising God that spring has arrived! As I take this time to visit with you, I am relaxing and enjoying the warmth of a beautiful spring day. The sky is blue, the sun is shining brilliantly through soft, billowy clouds gracefully passing by. As I take a deep breath drawing in the sweet smell of spring, my heart beats with the wonder of our Awesome God and Who He is. He is so Good to give us such wonderful breaks in the day, where we can search His mind and our hearts as we take in the beauty of His creation!  Even the birds worship Him as they sing while resting in their treetop places! All creation praises Him!

When Solomon was commissioned by God to build the Temple, his father, David, encouraged him in the Lord with words of wisdom and a commissioning prayer. David could not build the temple, God ordained his son Solomon for this work. As a father, David wanted all the best for his son. He wanted him to press in and achieve God's best for his life. He instructed Solomon to serve God with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. He reminded him that God searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. Nothing is hidden from God! This includes our thoughts, our motives and our desires. If only we could truly understand that when our hearts’ desires and motives agree with the plan and will of God, our life will be filled with God's Grace and wisdom and strength to be an overcomer, marching on to victory in all our circumstances!

Why is it that we cannot fathom the depth of the love God has for us? After all, He did send His own Son to die for us! How powerful is that?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom. 8:32). All things include working with us with our limited understanding, of all that He has for us and wants for us in our lives. He knows our potential. He created us! He knows what we are capable of achieving here on earth. He knows everything about us, our weaknesses, our strengths, our stubbornness, and our willingness to truly try to follow Him in all that we do and say.  To top it all off, until Jesus comes again, He, Jesus, is spending His time in heaven interceding for us!  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25). Solomon had his father, David, to encourage him in the Lord to press in to the things God was calling for him to do. Solomon had a heart for God, and he listened to his father, obeying the command to serve Him with a loyal heart.  Therefore he accomplished the task that God had for him, in building the temple where the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord was brought. This was a Most Holy Place, where God was worshiped. God then blessed Solomon tremendously as he went on to more achievements that glorified Him.

All this happened because Solomon turned his heart towards God, and with a willing and humble heart agreed to follow and honor the God of His father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Wow!

When we think of these things, and then perhaps look back at some awful mistakes we've made in life, we wonder what God must think. Especially since we have so much more than Solomon had! God, who did not spare His Son, but delivered Him up for all of us, has graciously given us ALL THINGS. Perhaps we didn't have a human father like David to encourage us, but we have a Heavenly Father who does!

Did you know that you are so special to Him that He knows your name and address? Yes! He knows where you live! And He loves you with an everlasting love! He knows your heart, your love for Him, your weaknesses and your strengths. He knows what you are capable of, and He is cheering you on! He wants you to win! And to help you along, Jesus is interceding for you all the time. Glory!

Winter has past, and springtime has come. This is a time for refreshing and a time of new beginnings! Let us take some time today to spend with Jesus, confessing any known sins, letting go of any failures, and placing them at the Cross. 1 John 1:9 tells us If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When we confess, God forgives, because His Son paid the penalty. As David encouraged his son to press in to His calling, our Father encourages us to do the same. Each day ask for wisdom, as Solomon did, when God asked him for the one thing he desired. Solomon wanted wisdom to lead the Jewish people wisely, so that they would follow God. And God was pleased to grant him his desire. What is the desire of your heart? Today, sit down, have a good talk with God, and write down the primary goal that you desire for your life in Him. Let us examine our heart and think of what is truly important to accomplish in our life. Not for anything, but I would not want it said of me for my life's achievement that I kept a clean house! (Smile) Yes, a clean house is important, and I keep mine clean, but what is of lasting importance? What kind of mark will we leave when we go home to be with Him? We can only make right choices and right decisions if we stay close to Him in prayer and quietness, taking time to truly hear from Him before going ahead with any important plans. Making these right choices starting from now can turn our lives around for the good, giving us plenty of time to accomplish His purposes in our life. Let's do it!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara

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