To our faithful Readers
Well… we have celebrated Ten years as a Ministry and we Talked about all Year How Heart to Heart Started who founded the Ministry and why!
All of you know the reason why it’s for the Lord himself
No other reason but for Jesus
I made a vow to the Lord & always kept my promises to Him & always will and now after Ten year many may wonder what’s coming next?
Well I guess you’re going to have to stay with us on our next Ten year Journey because it’s all up to God on where we go from Here
I had always said this is the Lord Jesus Christ Ministry right so it’s up to our Lord
Mathew 17:20 Says
Jesus said” I tell you the truth if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to the mountain Move from here to there and it will Move nothing will be impossible for you
See its where your faith is that makes things work it’s not me or my Pastors it’s the Lord & our faith in his works Remember I been saying all year it’s His ministry !!
Look at peter when He took His eyes off Jesus in the Sea what happened? He fell into the Waters Jesus wanted him to understand how faith works
And that my Friend’s goes for us here at Heart to Heart and all who Serve God in this ministry
One of the Bible verses we go off of is this one
2 Thessalonians 2: 16.17 Says
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our father who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal Encouragement and good hope encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed the word
See we stand by the word by our faith and most of all the promises we made to the Lord
So myself and the other pastors are Encouraged on where Heart to Heart will Go from Here Pastor Dan Will talk more about the next journey I’m going to put one more verse here then it’s all up to Pastor Dan to speak to you on the rest of the news letter
John 12:26 Says
Jesus said whoever serves me must follow me and where I am my servant also will be My Father will honor the one who serves me
I will testify to you the Ministry has been hard it’s been a struggle
No Finance Cars breaking down pastors getting sick even my self
We keep going and one of the biggest Reasons why we do it is because of the Verse our Father will Honor you
So don’t ever say No To God But allow him to work in you Build your faith your obedience and His Ministry will prosper more then you’ll Ever know
Well I will turn the news letter over to Pastor Dan for the rest
I got Tons of Candy to take to many nursing homes
So until Next Year
Merry Christmas Happy New Year
And do not forget to see our Next Journey in (2014)
May the lord bless you this season!
Rev Jerry L Williams
Sr. Pastor of H2H Min
Oh, p.s. there will be a very special announcement made on April 17 2014 so LOOK for it
Happy Are the Humble
1. Sherlock Holmes is quoted as saying, “I am not among those who count humility among the virtues.”
2. We tend to think of humility and not dwelling on oneself or comparing oneself to others. Wikipedia adds this insight:
“Humility, or being humble, is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others. The opposite of humility is pride.
The term “humility” is derived from the Latin word “humilis”, which is translated not only as humble but also alternatively as “low”, or “from the earth”, and “humus”, humid, which in the past it was believed that emotions, diseases, and depressions were caused by imbalances of body waters.”
3. Pomp and wealth are often associated with happiness, but humility is a better road. “Years ago, people had a lot less. But they were happier.”
4. Indeed, people who are not competing with others are freer to enjoy others.
5. In a way, Christmas is that time of year when we think about and enjoy others, and humble people are a joy to be around.
6. Right from the beginning, Christmas has been connected to humility.
Main Idea: Christmas is about many things, but one strong virtue that Christmas brings to mind is humility.
I. Take the CASES of Two Jewish Mothers-to-be (Luke 1:29-56)
A. Background: ELISHEVA Visits Miryam (1:39-45, 56)
Elisheva= God her oath
Miriam = Obstinacy, rebellion
Sometimes people do not live up to their names; Miriam, Moses’ sister, did; but most of the Mary’s in the New Testament did not…
Like the dumb guy who bought a pet zebra… named him “Spot.”
1. Only these two women UNDERSTOOD one another
2. You can detect the EXCITEMENT between the lines
3. Mary’s status TOPPED Elizabeth’s
Elisheva was probably older than Miryam’s mother, if she was still alive…
4. They gave SUPPORT to one another
B. Miryam’s PROPHETIC Praise (1:46-55)
1. The Theme: God EXALTS the humble and humbles the proud
Looking for the theme is this portion called the “Magnificat,” it jumped out at me: humility and how God loves it and rewards it. Over 15 quotations from the Old Testament; this could be indicative as to how well Miryam knew the Scriptures.
2. Miryam HERSELF is a case in point (46–49)
1. She gloried in God
2. She was aware of her need for a Savior
3. She was in a humble state
4. Now she would be recognized as specially blessed
3. Exalting the HUMBLE and humbling the proud is GOD’S way (50-53)
4. God will one day exalt the humbled nation of ISRAEL (54-55)
Christmas is about humility: the key players were all humble: Miryam, Elisheva, and Yosef. But event he Messiah is the prime example of humility!
II. Take the Case of the INCARNATION (Philippians 2:5 -11)
A. God the Son LIMITS Himself for Us
God the Son did not cease from being God when He became man; but He voluntarily set aside His omnipotence, His omniscience, and His omnipresence. He did NOT set aside His love, holiness, nor any of the virtues we associate with God.
B. He HUMBLES Himself to exalt us
He humbled Himself to such a massive degree to exalt us to such a high degree
In God’s economy, the way up is down; in the world, the way up is up. Look at the Hollywood stars, the politicians, and many of the famous athletes. What do you typically see, with a few exceptions? Unbridled arrogance. Not always, but mostly.
C. The Father then EXALTS the Son
The Son made no effort to exalt Himself. He stood up for Himself, but He left His final vindication to the Father.
III. This Christmas, Be Careful What You Keep and Throw Out (Philippians 2:3-4)
A. Trash DEMANDING attitudes
One thing we see in common with all the individuals in today’s sermon is their humility; demanding and a demanding spirit is usually a sign of arrogance — or meaninglessness. We make a big noise either because we think so highly of ourselves that we measure our status by our ability to abuse others with our demands, or because we wonder whether we matter at all.
Arrogance and fear that our lives are meaningless can vacillate; some people are arrogant one minute and feel worthless another. Both instances are unhealthy. Both deny that you are somebody special because you are in God’s image OR that everyone is special because they, too, are in God’s image.
B. Trash PERFECTIONISM
Perfectionism has its place, but not when it comes to relationships…
2 Cor. 5:19, ” God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
Note that when God provided reconciliation for us, He did not count our trespasses.
C. Trash relational COMPETITIVENESS
Competitiveness — even when compared to a perfect standard — does not draw people together, it pushes them apart.
Some people are withholders; they give love conditionally, and they are always suspicious that others will take advantage of them if they don’t tie conditions to everything they give — because they are in some sort of competition. They can’t just relax and enjoy family and friends.
D. Embrace EMPATHY
Empathy means putting yourselves in the shoes of others, to see things from their perspective and ask how it “feels” to be them.
E. Embrace COMPASSION
” Compassion is a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule embody by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others as you would have done to you.” (Wikipedia)
F. Nurture HUMILITY
An interesting study came out of Plymouth, England this week:
Plymouth, England, December 1: Being too particular about cleanliness can make you a lenient judge, says a strange but interesting British study.
Dr. Simone Schnall, a psychologist at University of Plymouth, stated that people who tend to wash their hands before making judgments are more likely to pass relaxed verdicts.
The study, published in Psychological Science’s December issue, suggests that impurity can amplify the sternness of moral decisions.
Dr. Schnall’s research asked 44 participants to rate certain actions on a morality scale, where half of the people were instructed to wash hands before rating.
’Trainspotting’ – a movie based on heroin addicts was shown to all the participants, after which they were asked to rate certain actions shown in the movie on a 9-point morality scale starting from ’acceptable’ and ending at ’very wrong’.
The movie included actions like stealing money, abusing animals, eating a dog amongst a series of offences included in the study.
On being asked for judgments over these actions, almost all the 44 participants declared the actions as negative. However, those with clean hands announced less stringent decisions on those actions.
Note the principle: When we are ourselves are clean, we are less harsh. I believe that this is especially true of our souls. I connect this to humility. How can we develop and maintain it?
1. Confession of sin/ asking forgiveness when we wrong others
3. Lots of Bible reading and meditation upon Scripture
4. Prayer as evaluation and contemplation
5. Intentionally mixing outside your “class”, not isolating self
Christmas — at least the original model — is tied to humility. So, this year, let me wish you a Merry and Humble Christmas!
So What’s Coming in 2014??
As we spoke through the year about how the Ministry started and how we got to where we are today. This year all year we celebrated our 10th anniversary and are looking forward to another decade more! Some of the things we have planned to focus on in the future are the following:
1. Focus on our Leadership classes and guiding those the lord has called upon to successfully spread the word of God in the nursing homes we visit.
2. Focusing on the quality of the visits we provide.
3. Expanding our Reaches outward via our web site, Face book, Twitter, and other social media web sites.
4. Focusing more on our pod casts in a monthly format vs. a bi weekly.
5. NEW: Coming Mid 2014 Our podcasts will also have a video that can be viewed via our YouTube account!
6. Focus on fundraising efforts to keep our ministry afloat. Remember we are non profit and all donations are tax deductible!
There’s a lot of good things at work here at H2H and we cannot do it all without your help. Please from the bottom of my heart donate today and let us continue another 10 years!