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.

November 2007

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1,2)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine, and giving thanks for all that God is doing, and has done this past year. He is Amazing! There is much going on behind the scenes at CHN, and as soon as I have it all, I will fill you in. God is moving mightily, opening doors for tremendous ministry in our neighborhood, our country, and around the world! Our prayer line (718- 238-4600)  is exploding with callers from all over the country who need a special touch from God. The word is spreading quickly that there is a prayer center in Brooklyn with 55 wonderful volunteers who are standing by ready to listen, and pray with people who call. In today's world, it is rare to find a ministry that is a personal one. Most ministries are geared to the masses, with an anointed speaker who will bring the Gospel to those who either attend their meetings, or watch them on TV. This is wonderful! Many people are won to the Lord in this way! But what happens afterwards? It is important for new Christians to find a good church where they can grow in the Word, and find fellowship with other Christians.  This is where CHN comes in! Those who call our prayer line who need a church in their area, or who need to speak with someone who will encourage them in their Christian walk will receive the help they need. We have a vast referral system, and can recommend many areas where people need help. If you, or someone you know would like to speak with a prayer partner, call today!

Doesn't it seem to you that today's world is quickly becoming an impersonal one, where people are tuned out to the needs of others? Everyone is so busy, and even when people get together for dinner, or an outing, cell phones are being used to talk to someone else! Recently I saw a family eating dinner together in a restaurant. Before the night was over, each one was on their cell phone talking to someone else!!  What ever happened to giving people you are with undivided attention? When Jesus walked the earth, He sat with His disciples often to talk, to teach, or to simply fellowship. Could you imagine if Peter's cell phone rang while Jesus was talking, and he excused himself so that he could hear the other person clearer? Mercy! Or would Jesus Himself answer a cell phone just as He was about to heal a blind man? We may laugh at these scenarios, but honestly, this is what is going on today! We are losing touch with giving people undivided, individual attention! Unless we are on the phone of course, then we might give it while walking to a destination, buying groceries, shopping for shoes, or sitting in a doctors office. So, even then, we are multi-tasking. This to me is very sad. (Of course, this does not mean the Hope Connection Helpline! Our volunteers are sitting in one place, and concentrating on their caller and nothing else!) (Smile)

Paul tells us in the Book of Ephesians to be imitators of God as dear children. He says for us to walk in love as Christ who has given Himself for us. Jesus is our Model, and we are to imitate Him in our behavior. He is the perfect example of the love God requires. How do we do this? If we look to world views, we will certainly not receive the right answers! The world's answers lead to perversion and impurity. The Bible is clear on the subject, and we can trust that the answers will not only work, but lead us to holiness and meet all of our needs as well.

How can we follow Christ when there is opposition all around us? How can we be at peace, and follow God's Word in our day to day living? How can we lead a holy life which causes unbelievers to want what we have? Paul addresses this when he encourages us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He says "And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:18,19). Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit within us who guides us, and teaches us, and leads us in the way that we should go. Jesus did not leave us as orphans, He promised the Gift of the Holy Spirit to all who believe. "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16,17) Praise God! Therefore, we, who believe, have the Holy Spirit living within us to help us to walk in love, being imitators of Christ! This is powerful! We have so much to be thankful for! Jesus did not leave us orphans! "I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you." (John 14:18). We can walk in love! We can fight back evil with good! We can be an example to the world of who Jesus is by the way we live!

This Thanksgiving, let us all join together to give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to this earth to show us how to live; who suffered, and died on the Cross so that those of us who believe can have right standing with the Father; who Rose again from the dead; and now lives forever to intercede before the Father on our behalf. Jesus is our Model.  We look at how He lived, and how He personally sought after individuals. He called His disciples one by one; He told the woman at the well everything that she had ever done; He healed every person who went to Him for healing; He noticed Martha and Mary, and how each one served Him in their own way; He stopped to heal the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath, making that man more valuable than rituals. He is Lord of the Sabbath! Jesus loves each one of us individually, and His desire is to see us learn from Him, and grow in our Christian walk. Let us slow down a bit and pay more attention to individuals, and seek those who need a listening ear or help in any area. Let us, with thanksgiving, make ourselves available to them. Let us get back to basics and make Jesus the Lord of our life, and determine ourselves to walk in His way. God bless you, and may you and your loved ones have a very Blessed Thanksgiving Day!

God bless you!

Pastor Barbara