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Dear Prayer Warriors,

January 18, 2014

     I often hear of people who become disappointed when they pray for a change in someone’s life that doesn’t happen; and I, myself, have prayed many times that God would change the heart of an unbeliever to know Him and love Him as I do. We can do our part to influence others, but we have to trust that God is The One Who will ultimately change their hearts in His time.

      Prayer is certainly important as we think of those people in our lives who need to come to Jesus. We can be vessels of a change in their heart, but that is only by God working in us and through us. Prayer works through Jesus and Jesus works through us. Our job isn’t to have all the answers, but to be a caring presence in the lives of those who are hurting and need to see a part of Jesus in us.

      Prayer can change lives as long as we understand that prayer is part of a relationship with God— not the words we use to try and make God do something.  May these important words always be attached to our prayers: “God’s Will be done” for we know that His Ultimate Will–Will Be Done!  BUT this shouldn’t stop us from coming before Him daily in prayer. We can’t go wrong if we pray with a sincere heart, knowing and trusting He knows what is best for us, even when we don’t understand.

So very grateful that God is never too busy to listen to His children,

 Patty

 Remain Faithful To God

5.18.2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

I probably don’t have to tell you that it is getting most difficult to watch how we live our lives as Christians these days.  Matthew 15: vs. 5 & 6, Jesus warns his disciples to “Be careful. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducess.”  Now we all know what yeast does to dough when you are making bread.  It only takes a small portion to change the whole character of it.  So it is with false doctrine that works itself with only a small portion.  God clearly warns us to watch out for false doctrine:  “Watch out for false prophets.” (Matthew 7:15); “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy.” (Colossians 2:8); “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.” (Hebrews 13:9); “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” (1 John 4:1).

As I have done so often in the past, I want to encourage each of you to remain faithful to God.  Don’t listen to those who want to “water down” our beliefs and faith so that everyone will feel comfortable with whatever lifestyle they choose, even if it’s against God’s Word, or say that it’s ok to sin because God will forgive us—God does forgive us—but we must strive to obey and remain true to His Word and not use His forgiveness as a “free pass.”  I don’t profess to be a scholar, but I do read my Bible daily and I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my heart in the way He would have be go.  I pray it is the same for you.  May we continue to draw nearer to God through His Word, as humble servants seeking to obey Him and understand His Will for our lives.

Leaning On His Everlasting Arms,

Patty

 

 

 

The Power of the Gospel

May 4, 2013

Greetings Dear Friends,

Oh, that the whole world would know the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that would be my prayer today.  In John 6:63, Jesus said that the words that He spoke were spirit and life, and Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

The reason God’s Word is so powerful is because of the truth it contains.  There is power in truth—and that power is honored and glorified to the greatest degree through God’s Word.  1 Peter 1:25 assures us that it will endure FOREVER: “the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” 

     It would also be my prayer (although technology has opened the door wider for us to have unlimited information literally “at our fingertips”) that we would never forget to read God’s Word daily and ask God to guide our hearts through it and not to depend solely upon words/books/articles/etc. written or said by man (or woman).  There are many good preachers, writers, evangelist, and so on, that have good ideas and thoughts, but we need not depend on them for what God can show us through His Word.  We are commanded to “preach the word” (2 Timothy 4: 1-4). There Paul’s charge to Timothy was . .

”In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: PREACH THE WORD; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.  

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. 

Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers

to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their eyes away from the truth . . .” 

     I believe that time has come, how about you?  We must rely on God’s Word, NOW more than ever, as THE authority or we’ll get caught up in what our itching ears want to hear!  We come to know the power of the Holy Spirit through His Word as we read our Bible and hear His Word proclaimed.

Paul says . . . “they will turn their eyes away from the truth.”  But here’s our encouragement as we continue with that same chapter in 2 Timothy . . . . (vs. 5) “But YOU, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”   I encourage you to read the 4th Chapter of 1 Timothy tonight with clear directions in verse 16: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

     The Bible gives us perfect examples that challenge the best within us.  May we each grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus through His Word today—and always.

 

Holding on to God’s Unchanging Biblical Truths,

Patty

 

 

 His Time

 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we journey through this life, we are tempted to believe that we can do everything on our own. But the challenges we have remind us that we need more than our limited strength.  We have been given the gift of life by our Creator and offered the gift of Eternal Life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we journey through this life, we are offered the support and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Just remember, you are not alone on your journey.  God loves you so much that He wants to be with you every step of the way.  I pray you will experience God’s powerful love in your life and I encourage you to take the time to stop and thank Him for all that you have and all that you are.

 

May you feel His presence and love whenever you are in prayer—and when you feel the love of God near you, share it generously with others.  I hope that today you know the joy and comfort of our loving Lord answering a prayer you’ve been waiting for such a long time and you notice that He could not have answered it at a more perfect time—-His time.

 

 In His Name,

Patty

 

A Valentine From God

 

February 09, 2013

 

Dear Prayer Partners,

Next week many people will celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones. Now, think about the one person you believe loves you the most—then multiply that love by infinity (and beyond!)—that is how much God loves you!

 

Did you know that the first Valentine to you was written in God’s Word? You will find it in Malachi 3:17: “They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty.  He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross to provide FREE eternal life, instead of what we deserve.  I know this because Ephesians 2:4 & 5 reads: “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”   God loves us with an everlasting, unfailing love—even when we are not lovable. I know that my actions many times disappoint Him, but He loves me anyway. I am so grateful for that! John 15:12, Jesus says: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  Although that can be so difficult at times, it is what we are called to do.  Consider this story…

A bus driver was taking 36 children home from school when on a steep hill, the brakes failed.  The bus driver knew that soon he would be coming up on a cross street in the road and that his choices would be a gate that led out into a farmer’s field on leveled ground or a sharp curve that led to an even steeper hill in the road.  As they came to the bottom of the hill, he saw the gate and there was a child sitting on top of it, waving.  If he swerved to go the other way at the speed he was going, he would most likely kill all 36 children on board so he made the decision to hit the gate and the child was killed instantly. 

 When the police, fire and rescue personnel arrived, they discovered that all 36 children were without a scratch. When the policemen were looking for the driver, he had been taken to the hospital in severe shock which was understandable under obvious circumstances, but even more so when they found out that the child sitting on the gate was his own son who waved daily at his father as he drove by on the bus.

God saved us in a similar way in that He gave His only Son and sacrificed Him on the cross that we might have eternal life.  John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loves you and this is the greatest message you will ever hear!

Knowing that the only Love that is eternal is from the One who is eternal,

Patty

Veteran’s Day

Nov 10, 2012

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and here at PHCC we will take the time to recognize and honor all of our Veterans present and thank them for their service to our great country.  It is difficult for many of us, who have never had to leave our homes and families, to imagine the sacrifices made by those who serve–and have served–our country in the various military branches.  Whether past or present, engaged in protecting us or ready to do so at a moment’s notice, we should all be grateful for their service and sacrifice.  I pray that they will feel the support and appreciation of a thankful nation of people.

I do hold fast to the Scripture that tells us that there will come a time when war will cease, and people will not take up arms against one another. We have lost so many good people by human conflict and war and I long for the day when we will truly live in peace.  Until that day comes, may we give thanks to the many men and women who serve and may we continue to pray for their peace.

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 With a grateful heart for the many who serve and have served our country, and their families,

Patty

 

Give God Our Very Best

Dear Friends,

I supposed we all go through spells where we don’t feel that what we do is good enough.  That no matter how much we do for Christ, our hard work, patience, compassion, concern does not matter. Regardless of how we feel, we should always focus on doing our best for Christ and then leave the rest up to Him—although that is difficult sometimes!  Those difficult times are when need to realize that God only wants our willingness, trust and reliance on Him.

Just think how Christ must have felt when He took on our sins to provide for our salvation.  He was spat upon, beaten, mocked, ridiculed—and the list goes on.  Yet, He took those moments and turned them into the most important Victory in the history of all time!

We read in the Old Testament several times when the Israelites gave God their “first fruits.” God is still worthy of our best—THE best of our time, resources, and efforts for Him! To give Him less than that is to fall short of giving him FIRST place in your life!

When you don’t think that what you do for Christ matters—think again!  God knows your heart in everything you do.  God has given us His absolute best, His Son, Jesus Christ. Our thankful response should always be to give God our very best!

Doing all things through Christ, Who gives me strength,

Patty