Friday, February 26, 2010
Monday, September 14, 2009
For years..........I would either stick my head in the sand OR would dress up unrecognizably to my peers every October 31.....because as a Christian I NEVER knew how to deal with this "trickiest" of holidays!!! So join us.....for a frank discussion on how to "celebrate without selling out!"
Friday, July 10, 2009
While expecting their second child, Kathy developed a brain tumor. Little Rachel was born and the testing began. That is when I really got to know Betty. Betty's strength and endurance never wavered as for 5 years she assisted Bill in every way with Kathy's care. As the entire family gathered around Kathy's deathbed at St. Margret's Hospital, Betty sat at her head. We lingered all day, saying our good-byes and supporting Kathy. Finally, I heard Betty Ruth say to Kathy, "is Jesus coming for you?" Kathy smiled. Betty Ruth said, "then go to Jesus." And Kathy was gone. For the last 14 years, Betty stood in as a mother to Ryan and Rachel. Through her words and behavior we all saw her remarkable love for Jesus Christ as her Savior and Redeemer. Then Betty Ruth was diagnosed with cancer. She continued with the same attitude of pushing forward and living the life out of each new day. On two occasions she came as an inspirational speaker for our Patient Support Group. On April 17, 2008 she told the group that she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had 3 months to live. The patients hung on her every word as she said, "I'm not afraid to die--this world is not my home. I'm just passing through."
On June 7, 2009, the Lord called Betty Ruth home in a very special way. She was at home, in bed and not hungry for lunch. As she and Neal watched TV, Betty Ruth said "Dear, give me a kiss, I'm going home." Within the hour she joined Kathy in Heaven.
I personally feel so blessed to have had Betty Ruth in my life. If her name were in Hebrews 11 it might sound like this:
By faith Betty Ruth put God first in every situation of her life, taking the diagnosis of cancer and fighting it's effects with all of her might, sending her daughter, Kathy, before her into an inheritance that would never fade, and by faith Betty Ruth waited patiently to the very end to be taken home by Jesus Christ, her Savior.
Hallelujah and Amen to a life well lived!!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So we looked around for someone we would like to emulate as not only a follower of Christ but also as a missionary to the local!!!
AND there he was.....Dan Swets of CPO!!!
Chicagoland Prison Outreach
So we....James 5:16 Ministries want to take a blog moment and not only "thank" Dan for pouring wisdom into us and our ministry but to also give his web address to his ministry!!!
Click here!!! www.cpoministries.org
Lois, Ron and Char will be banqueting (don't you LOVE that word? reminds me of the banquet feast with the LORD someday) tonight with CPO in Lynwood....Hope to see you there!!!
If you cannot attend...information for supporting this amazing outreach ministry at his web address. All donations are tax deductible!!!!
Friday, May 1, 2009
But, God saw fit to lead us to the Promised Land in a fairly reasonable time frame (not the usual 40 year time span) and we couldn't feel more blessed and excited to meet in our new location.....
(drum roll, please!!!)
We will be meeting in the Fireside Room of Crete Ref. Church...located in the lovely and quaint town of (you got it) Crete!!!!
Just so happens this is also the loca of the two family residences of Moses and Joshua...I mean Lois and Char....so that means....definitely no wearing out of sandals or Michelin tires for us to get there!!!
The Church is also excited about this partnership.....AND we want to take a blog moment to "thank" them in a big way for.....their hospitality, the keys to the kingdom, a metal storage cabinet and letting us advertising on their most impressive marquis on Exchange Avenue.
Way to go.....Church!!!
So....join us for this exciting gathering of Ladies of any age, tribe or tongue (really!!) at our first meeting in Crete on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 1PM...we will be studying chapter #2 from the study book by Jennifer Rothschild called "Walking by Faith...and Not by Sight" (available at the Vine Bookstore, Dyer, IN)
Oh...and if for no other reason...come and join us in partaking of some "manna" provided by none other than....Moses and Joshua!!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Friday, January 30, 2009
Hope all those of you out in BloggyLand had a most blessed Christmas remembering the real reason for the season: JESUS
Matthew 1:23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."
Monday, January 26, 2009
May the Lord continually pour out to you, Nancy....Heaven's blessings as well as human joys...Psalm 128:5
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The whites of Lois' glassy eyes turned red and the rise in my blood pressure almost sent me off the stool I was perched on in the studio...we surely thought they were joking until the studio got quiet and the show engineer, Eric Townsend started reading the weather...It all turned out fine and we rose to the occasion...Mr. Patterson gave away two of our Tenacious PrayerBooks to listeners in his radio audience...What a fun day...and we even got an invitation to return...our prayer always is that hearts be encouraged and souls be won for the Lord....what more could we ask???
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
year visionary plan for James 5:16 Ministries...there were certain facets the Lord had laid directly onto our hearts (el corazón).....facets that the Lord unveiled for us while we worked at the World Vision Step into Africa Exhibit....and then there were facets like this one that have come about by walking with the Lord (Dios) in this ministry over the past year....We are in the pondering, talking, networking process of what it will take to publish Tenacious Prayer Book one into Spanish!!! WOW (VIVA) ....how exciting is that???? Here is what we need from those of you out in Bloggyland and our "Partners in Prayer" to pray for specifically for this project...
~The perfect person to do the translation as there are alot of medical terms in there!!!!!
~The financial covering of this endeavor...apx. $1500.00 (dollars....no pesos please!!!) for the first 200 copies!
The reason why we always share where we are going with this ministry is that we know that you or someone you know may have it placed in your hearts to participate in this project...because we know that with God all things ...including this project...are possible!!!
As I was typing this the Lord laid it onto my heart...wouldn't this be a wonderful project to be completed to celebrate Cinco de Maya Day (May 5th, 2009) with our Spanish speaking/praying Brothers and Sisters in Christ??? Just a thought (creía) !!!
Cinco de Maya History: www.vivacincodemayo.org
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Blessed Thanksgiving to one and all!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We also would like to say a ginormous "THANK YOU" to Crete Reformed Church for their grace filled help and fellowship (Mark, Marcia, Andrew, Jared and Debbie) as we were underfoot for a few days. We also would like to "THANK" them for the use of the beautiful Fireside Room and the Spirit of God that resides there. You are a blessing to us!!!
We have set up an informational sight just for " TheCall" teaching/training/roleplay seminar. This sight will include pricing, materials included in the price, schedule and locations of events and any other needed information about this facet of James 5:16 Ministries ...at
Past seminar attendees, if you are in need of additional Tenacious PrayerBooks containing the six (Cancer, COPD, Depression, Heart, Arthritis, and Diabetes) specific medical diseases (cost $10.00)
The single prayers on CD (cost $5.00)
The mailers with postage for the CD (cost $5.00)
Please contact us by email at James516Ministries@yahoo.com, or
by mail at James 5:16 Ministries
P.O. Box 186 Crete, IL 60417.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!!
Since PrayerTime Tuesday Requests are coming in on a more regular basis to this ministry...we have decided that those requests deserve a place of their own where those of you who support this ministry in prayer can go right to the prayer requests for that week in one direct CLICK!!
So here is the news:
PrayerTime Tuesday has it's own site as of today!!!
click here: www.prayertimetuesday.blogspot.com
You can also get to the request page from the icon of the sunset at the right hand column on this blog....
Please continue to email or snail mail your physical, spiritual, emotional, or situational requests to...James516Ministries@yahoo.com or P.O. Box 186, Crete, IL 60417...or hand Lois or Char a readable request on paper.
And keep those prayers-a-rising....they are changing lives... eternally!!!
Bless you for caring!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Yesterday, during our mini church....we talked about the sixth happiness (according to two missionary ladies to China) and most important happiness...being in the center of God's will...
According to 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 we found out the answer to...
Which kind of people does God invest in?
...and sometimes the answer comes as quite a shock....and definitely counter-cultural...society values: those with good looks, the right clothes, lots of money, great talent, highly respectable name or position, or material acquirements...those are the kinds of folks the world invests in....
Paul, in these verses says that God chooses the seemingly foolish, weak and insignificant (as the world sees them) as the ones He calls to invest in. And why does God do that??? V.29..."so that no flesh should glory in His presence"...so no man gets the credit!!!
Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) was one of those whom God chose...she had deep within her heart that she was called to be a missionary to China....she was born into an English family with 2 sisters and a brother...all whom of which took after their parents as they were tall, blond haired and blue eyed....Gladys was born small in stature, with dark hair and eyes...she was told by the head of the Chinese missionary board that she was "not qualified" to be sent to China...but instead of deterring her from the "call" on her life, she took a job as a house maid, saved up her earnings and went to Yang Cheng, China of her own accord....where she met up with the aging Christian missionary, Agnes Lawson...who had founded an inn...called the Inn of the Sixth Happiness.....to evangelize travelers who passed through...This inn later became an orphanage under Gladys Aylward's direction which housed 100 orphans...who then in 1940 fled Yang Cheng because of wars to the safer providence of Sian...a perilous 100 mile mountainous journey with 100 orphans in tow...
Glady's story became the movie...The Inn of the Sixth Happiness...now out on DVD...starring Ingrid Bergman...even when Gladys had the chance to go to a comfy, clean, upscale orphanage....she chose to go back to Yang Cheng...and the Inn of the Sixth Happiness...(not because of the love of a man as portrayed in the movie version) but for the sixth happiness as she said...that is the greatest happiness...to be in the center of God's will for your life!!!
Insignificant and Ordinary?
At the end of her life Gladys wrote of herself: "My heart is full of praise that one so insignificant, uneducated, and ordinary in every way could be used for His glory for the blessing of His people in poor persecuted China."
Are you living in the sixth happiness??? It's the happiest place on Earth....sorry Disneyland®!!
1 Corinthians 1:26-31: Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when God chose you. Not many of you were considered wise by human standards. Not many of you were powerful. Not many of you belonged to important families. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the things of this world that are common and looked down on. He chose what is not considered to be important to do away with what is considered to be important. So no one can brag to God. Because of what God has done, you belong to Christ Jesus. He has become God's wisdom for us.He makes us right with God. He makes us holy and sets us free. It is written, "The one who brags should brag about what the Lord has done."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The teaching/training facet of this ministry for "CallTeams" in the local church to (the mission) hand hope, help and healing to the medical, hospitalized, hospice care, nursing home, and house bound patient....after our 10 years experience in "the field"...and based on the Word of God to all the sheep......in Matthew 25:35-40.
This event will take place at Crete Reformed Church, in the quaint little town of Crete, Illinois...(launching pad) in their Fireside Room....We will be giving out a few free tickets which will entitle the bearer to:
**A copy of Tenacious Prayers...PrayerBook!! one...which contains the scriptural based prayers for 6 specific medical conditions...e.g. Cancer and treatments.
**A 44 page "CallBook"...which is the workbook with all the "helps" in it.
**3 hour teaching/training/role playing time with Char and Lois (with the Lord makes 3 main engines ).
Prayer (docking) needs:
God's choice for the crew that needs to be at this launching.
God, in the person of the Holy Spirit (external tank) to power us in the right direction.
God's peace and wisdom (solid rocket boosters) as Char and Lois prepare for the launching.
God's blessing and favor on this facet of James 5:16 Ministries...so that names will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life because of it!! (mission accomplished)
Friday, September 19, 2008
enjoy The Hoppers (love their name~reminds us of bunnies)...singing
"Mention my Name"......we did!!!
(enjoyed and mentioned that is !!)
click here: http://www.youtube.com/TheHoppers
Hopper Family bios: www.thehoppers.com/biographies
The Tenacious Prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective!!! James 5:16
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We will meet at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana at 5:30 for a delish supper at the nominal cost of $5.00 (which includes...you got it....dessert and coffee).
We will gather at 6:45 in the sanctuary to behold the DVD of Rick Warren's teaching on the Purpose Driven Life....and then we will gather in a smaller venue...to discuss questions which will by the nature of them...and the Holy Spirit propel us into a direction of walking out what we have learned to live a fulfilled and pleasing life as unto the Lord.....So below find the Wednesday list of meetings and the topics....We have available for $4.00 the Purpose Driven Life book which correlates with each of the Wednesday nights....reading this book will help to prepare the heart and understanding for the teachings......Hope you can join us....Please RSVP via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lois or Char in person....if you will be attending!
Wednesday, October 22...What on Earth?...Planned for God's Pleasure
Wednesday, October 29...Formed for God's Family
Wednesday, November 5...Created to Become Like Christ
Wednesday, November 12...Shaped for Serving God
Wednesday, November 19...Made for a Mission
Monday, September 15, 2008
The Five Love Languages ...How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate...some of us never realized that ...sometimes we need to speak another language to interact with that person....and show them how much we really love them....
Here is the list of languages that speak I love you according to the author:
*Words of Affirmation
*Acts of Service
We found out amazingly that we quite often "talk" to loved ones in a language that speaks to us....but not to them!!!
For example, if I am a person that would love to hear words of affirmation... encouragement from someone by what they say to me... instead that person gives me a back rub and doesn't say a word during it....because they think I may want to meditate on the Lord...I would feel no better or more loved than pre-back rub...This would be like speaking Spanish to someone who does not speak Spanish...No comprende.
Once we had this teaching "under our cinturóns" we began to look around us at those folks we love...and started to speak in their languages.....and what a grande difference it made in those relationships.
Gracias, Gary for helping us to finally realize that language does matter.....and by the way....nothing says "I love you" more to me than taking out the bathroom garbage...(now guess which one of the ministry team I am??)
¡Adios mis amigos! ¡Hasta mañana!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
1. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
2. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
3. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
4. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
5. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
6. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
7. The patient refused autopsy.
8. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
9. She is numb from her toes down.
10. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
11. The skin: was moist and dry.
12. Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
13. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
14. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
15. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until 1989 when she got a divorce.
16. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
17. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stockbroker instead.
18. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
19. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
20. Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
21. The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.
22. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
23. Patient is a healthy, appearing decrepit,69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
24. Patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.
25. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
26. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen, and I agree.
27. By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart stopped, and he was feeling better.
28. The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.
29. When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.
30.Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.
31. The patient will need disposition, and therefore we will get Dr. Blank to dispose of him.
32. The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.
33. Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the way to Los Angeles.
34. The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.
35. I have suggested that he loosen his pants before standing, and then, when he stands with the help of his wife, they should fall to the floor.
36. The patient is a 79-year-old widow who no longer lives with her husband.
37. The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Single Audio Prayer for: Arthritis, Cancer and Treatments, COPD, Depression, Diabetes, or Heart.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
We talked about how thankful we were that God created the world with natural order so that day follows night, Spring follows Winter.....then Spring into Summer.....Summer into Fall...and Fall into Winter....we pondered how shook up things would be if...natural order became obsolete and in the Midwest, where we live, and we had two Winters in a row.....YUCK!! and BOO!!
We love how the Lord does not give us the Ecclesiastes...seasons of life....to stay in either ....because of God's creative design of natural order, after a time....that season comes to pass....We taught how the devil would like us to get stuck in a season....for instance, grieving something or someone ....and never dancing again....We taught how you can battle the devil and keep yourself free by keeping God's word in your heart but also in your pocket on cards if necessary...and how to prepare for the battle with the amour listed in Ephesians 6:13-17...
Our season of time...ended at the study....with this verse in Ecclesiastes 12:13...(King Solomon speaking again) Here is my final conclusion: fear God and obey his commandments for this is the entire duty of man. For God will judge us for everything we do (no matter what season we are in) including every hidden thing, good or bad.
Did you know that in 1952, Pete Seeger set to music the words in Ecclesiates 3:1-8 and that it became the all time hit for the group the Byrds in October of '65...called Turn, Turn, Turn???
http://www.youtube.com/Turn Turn Turn
Think about the seasons of life you have already experienced....like a time you may have cried like a baby....remember? it was just a season....and pretty soon you laughed again...or maybe there has been a death in your family recently....and you feel the loss and sadness...but then a baby is born....and the legacy of your family continues on.....so seasons turn...turn...turn....take time and Thank God for that....by the way...some seasons really turn ...where did the Summer go?
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Click here: http://www.Godtube.com/SandiPatty
After this song....we took a small break....and then began the second half of the meeting with prayer requests and the praying....now when we say this....some may not be able to understand what we mean...the Spirit showed up and did the praying through us....kinda like an out of body experience....(but without the spaceships and aliens involved)...we still to this day have to tell each other what we prayed because it wasn't us....well, it was us standing in the front of those gathered and saying the words....but the words were the Lord's.....His Spirit to our spirits....and then our of our mouths....now that was a PrayDate!! we are sure not to forget....anytime soon!!!
After listening to the worship song....begin praying...for whatever is laid on your heart....believe it, the experience with be amazing.!!!....even better than space travel if you ask us!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
So if you are sorrowing over the need of a release from some tight quarters of your own...physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or situational...Jesus...the Sun of Righteousness...has risen...literally...with all the "healing" available for whatever your need is...just lasso this to your delight filled heart:
I will worship...respect...rejoice in...Jesus Christ!!!.....all together now...(even if you can only partcicpate in your heart because of physical limitations)...in purity... uninhibited and unrestrained...Leap for Joy...because of what Christ has done!!!..I'll eat a dumpling to that!!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This second picture is of a "Call" in 2008 to Rush Pres St.Lukes in Chicago, Illinois to another lovely and dear woman to us from the practice....oh how things have changed over the years....like hair color, hair styles, glasses and hospital security....but a few things have stayed the same....our love for the LORD...sharing that love with medical patients...and our love for Leopard...which is actually our trademark ministry attire....Thanks Mrs. Kunz...when we get to Heaven we are convinced we can "spot" your mansion....pretty sure it's decorated with your trademark theme....
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
If you ever think that the Lord does not do what He says he does in his Word or that He doesn't care...think again....HE LOVES YOU...HE LOVES YOU...HE LOVES YOU....now imagine this scene...The Lord with you in His arms...what love song is playing??? Let us know...we would love to post 'em...!!!
Lois' love song: www.youtube.com/Powerofyourlove
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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