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(Issue #27 -- Minutes -- March 2005)

Welcome once again to JEM Ministries' monthly e-zine, Precious Stones! Do you know what JEM stands for? It stands for Jesus Every Minute! We drew the name for this ministry loosely from I Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing." Jesus should be a part of every day, every hour, every minute -- Join us for the next few minutes as we strive to share Him and His love with you!

In His Service,



By: Denise Imbody

Minutes, hours, days, and weeks,
Intertwine to make a month, after twelve months a
New year begins, and on it goes, in what seems an
Unending cycle that spins faster and faster each
Time the calendar changes, but what makes it okay is that
Emmanuel, God with us, is there to help us, and we can
Sing praise to Him for seeing us through it all!



Happy Birthday to all our readers with March Birthdays. May you feel the warmth of the Lord's love as Spring comes into bloom and may He fill you with joy unending in the days ahead.


By: Stephanie Hurd

The Timing of the Lord

Like the rhythm of a ticking clock
Praise Him for His steadfast meter!

Like the pendulum sorting out moments from time
Praise Him for His pendulant judgement divine!

Like the wood that is carved to encase the time piece
Praise Him for His handiwork throughout all creation!

Like the hands of purpose on a face revealed
Praise Him for His promise of salvation sealed!

Like the anticipation of each minute that passes by
Praise Him for the promise for His return is nigh!


By: Gwen Tweedy

Isaiah 48:10;NIV
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Do you suppose the reason bad stuff happens to us is so we can be strengthened through Christ and we can praise Him for actually making it through? Do you think because things are so terrible down here at times, along with the beautiful and exciting times, so that we'll love heaven more? 'Cause if it was too good or too great, what would be the incentive for moving up higher to where He Is -- to all things new? After all, if we have too much sweets, wouldn't it spoil our appetite for the real life's bread and meat and living water of God alone?

Just was wondering... just some thoughts to ponder.



Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?
-- Martin Luther


By: Barbara Lea Campbell

A minute seems like such a small bit of time -- not much could happen in it. But it can -- in fact, much can happen in less than a minute -- in a moment!

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance." John 20:1 NIV

Mary was burdened when she thought Jesus' body had been taken away.

"Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb" John 20:11 NIV

She was certain He was gone forever and yet...

"Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). " John 20:16 NIV

In that moment, as soon as she heard her name on His lips, she knew it was Jesus. She didn't have to ponder or think on it -- she immediately knew.

It is to be that way with us -- we should know his voice and know instantly when He calls us. How do we do this? Just as Mary did - we spend time with Jesus -- seeing Him -- listening to Him -- getting to know Him more and more each day.

And one day soon, we will hear Him call all the Father's children -- call us home... and in an instant.. less than a minute.. we will be with Him and like Him forever!



Which is best, a clock that's right only once a year or a clock that's right twice a day?
Answer: a clock that is right once a year is better. The clock that is right only twice a day has stopped.
--Author Unknown to Us



It's A Wonderful Testimony: By Matthew Imbody

“Clarence! Clarence! Where are you?”

“Oh, I'm right here, Joseph.”

“You're 15 minutes late, Clarence.”

“I know, I know--but, you see, I was just off soaring around Heaven showing off these new wings! You like these new wings?”

“Yes, Clarence, they are nice, but...”

“Oh, Joseph, I was mighty proud the day I got these--not proud of myself, mind you, but proud of George...”

“Now, Clarence, we need to get to the business at hand!”

“Oh, yes sir! I'm sorry for getting off track...I do that some times, you know...”

“Yes, I know. Now, Clarence, lets jump right in and get both feet wet...”

“I did do that once before--for George...”


“Yes...I'm sorry, sir”

“All right. Now, today you are here to learn a little more about human nature. Now that you have your wings...”

“Oh, yes...My beautiful wings”

“...NOW THAT YOU have your wings, you need to learn more about The Master's creation so that you can be better equipped to help them. I have pulled one name out of a hat--or halo, if you'd rather, and we will use his life thus far as an example of a typical human being.”

“From what I understand, the only thing typical about humans is that they are so a-typical.”

“That's partially correct, Clarence, but you must remember that, although their differences are great, they share a common bond. That bond--or bondage--is sin. They are all born into it, and, unless they ask Jesus to save them from it, they will all die in it. Now, lets get back to our example. His name is Matthew Imbody”

“What a strange name!”

“Yes, Clarence...strange, indeed! This individual was born in Pennsylvania. His parents were pastors in The Salvation Army...”

“Joseph, Is The Salvation Army a church?”

“Yes it is, Clarence”

“Do they need a new PR man, because I know I could get the word out for them with my new wings and all...”


“Oh, sorry Joseph! I just get so excited sometimes”

“I know, Clarence--and, heaven knows that the Boss likes a childlike perspective like yours--but enough is enough, Clarence!”

“I'm sorry, sir. I'll try to just be quiet and listen.”

“Thank you! Now, Matthew was brought up in the Salvation Army. He knew Jesus and His teachings from his youth. When he was about seven years old, his parents divorced.”

“I'm so sorry to hear that!”

“We were too. God hates divorce, and, no matter the circumstances--no matter how necessary or justified a divorce might seem, The master's heart is always broken... But this part of the story has a happy ending, if you will just let me get through it.”

“Oops! Sorry, sir.”

“Now, Matt's dad was there whenever he needed him--but he did get remarried and had a child. Matt grew up with his mom and his two brothers. Tim was the oldest, and Jeff was the youngest. Matt went through many trials as he grew. His eyes weren't very good, so he wore thick glasses, and he was somewhat overweight--both of these physical attributes made him a prime choice for the bullies and jerks in school that were looking for someone to pick on. God helped him through all that, though, and He introduced Matt to a nice girl named Denise.”

“Oh, what a lovely name!”

“Yes... Well, they were married, and had children. They had their ups and downs, but, through it all, they held on to Jesus Christ! They made mistakes--some of which were doozies--but they always came back to their first love--Jesus!”

“What are they doing now, if you don't mind me asking.”

“They started an online ministry called JEM Ministries. God is blessing them and moving them into places they had never expected to go. They are homeschooling their three children, and they are just trying as hard as they can to please God”

“What about Matt's parents?”

“Oh, yes. I did promise you a happy ending, didn't I? Well, after being apart for 26 years, his parents were remarried in April 2001!”

“That's marvelous!”

“Yes! It made a few people up here smile, too! Now, tell me, Clarence, What have we learned today”

“Well, I guess we have learned that the most important thing in life is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. And, I guess we have also learned that, no matter how much we mess up, Jesus can fix things!”

“Very good, Clarence! Now, what have we learned about human nature?”

“Well, without God, it is nothing but sinful--tending to break things apart and make trouble--but after a human is transformed by Jesus--he can soar above sin and reach any goal the Lord has for him--Kind of like me with my new wings!”

“Yes, Clarence. Just like you and your new wings. See you next time.”

“Goodbye, Joseph.”

(C) 2002
Matthew Imbody

***If you would like to share your testimony in an upcoming issue of JEM Precious Stones, please feel free to send it to If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we may not be able to use all submissions.***



We really should be getting into God’s word, as much as we possibly can. We would like to encourage you with a challenge each month, to memorize a portion of Scripture. So, we will provide a passage, and hope that you will take the time to study it daily. If you are already doing this on your own, that is great--we just thought with prayer, and making it a bit easier for some folks, that we could help those who may not be doing this yet. All passages will be from the King James Version of the Bible. We do not mind other versions, and you can study it in whichever version you like. We have chosen KJV, because it is public domain. We pray that you will hide His word in your heart.

1 Thessalonians 4
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Soft & Fast Bread Sticks

1 c. warm water
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. oil (I use Olive Oil)
2 1/2 c. bread flour (See my note about this)
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast

NOTE: the total flour used is 3 cups -- I have used all bread flour, all all-purpose flour, and most times I use 2 c. all-purpose and 1 c. whole wheat. So just play around and see what you have on hand and what you like best.

Put all the ingredients in your bread machine in the order your manufacturer recommends (Mine says wet stuff then dry). Set to dough cycle. Once done,

take out and pat into a semi-long rectangle (about 9 x 11). Take a pizza cutter and slice lengthwise into 7 or 8 strips. Take one strip at a time and twist it a bit before laying on a greased cookie sheet. Do this with all the strips, leaving room between them. Cover and let rise. Then cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. You can also make thinner sticks... you will just have more of them.

OK -- patting and cutting works great, but I often just pinch some off and roll into a log in my hand... quick and easy to me.

To add some flavor -- once the breadsticks have risen, you can brush with olive oil and then sprinkle with herbs... For Garlic sticks, sprinkle with garlic powder after brushing with olive oil or butter... or make some garlic butter or oil with fresh garlic and brush that on. For a sweet treat, brush with butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake as above.


Do you have an original recipe that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!


Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Brown Sugar is notorious for getting hard. I have 2 ways I keep mine soft. First, I keep some in a glass canister that seals air tight. This keeps out the moisture that can harden brown sugar. I purchase a large bag of brown sugar and it doesn't all fit in my canister, so I place the rest in a freezer ziplock and then pop into the deep freeze. It stays nice and fresh! I just pull it out and thaw it when I need to replenish the canister.

Do you have an original Quick Tip that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!


Submitted by: Denise Imbody

I am going to share one of my original crochet patterns in this issue, but don't worry, if you can not crochet, there is a similar craft for you too. :)

Round Basket Pattern
by: Denise Imbody
©March 14, 2003
Revised on March 12, 2004

SPECIAL NOTE: I used to get FRONT and BACK LPS mixed up, so I needed to make the necessary changes to fix those errors in this pattern.:)

size F hook
4 PLY Yarn in Main Color (MC), and White (optional)

***SPECIAL NOTE: For a larger, thicker basket use hook size K, and crochet holding 2 strands of yarn together.***

Using MC, CH 4, SLST into 4rth CH from hook, to form a ring.
RND 1: CH3 (counts as first DC), 11 DC's in ring, SLST in top of CH 3 (12 DC).
RND 2: CH 3 (counts as first DC), 1 DC in same SP, 2 DC in each DC around, SLST in top of CH 3 (24 DC).
RND 3: CH 3 (counts as first DC), 1 DC in same SP, 2 DC in each DC around, SLST in top of CH 3 (48 DC).

RND 4: CH1 (counts as first SC), 1 SC in BACK LPS of each DC, SLST in SC (48 SC).
RND 5: CH 3 (Counts as first DC), 1 DC in BACK LPS of each SC around, do NOT join with SLST (48 DC).
**RNDS 6-10, will be worked in RNDS, moving marker up as you go.
RND 6: 1 SC in BACK LPS of each DC around, (48 SC).
RND 7: 1 DC in BACK LPS of each SC around, (48 DC).
RND 8: 1 SC in BACK LPS of each DC around, (48 SC).
RND 9: 1 DC in BACK LPS of each SC around, (48 DC).
RND 10: 1 SC in BACK LPS of each DC around, SLST in SC (48 SC).

RUFFLE (optional)
(switch to white)
RND 11: CH 1 (counts as first SC), SC in FRONT LPS of each SC around, SLST in CH 1, (48 SC).
RND 12: CH 4 (counts as 1 SC, and CH 3), SLST in FRONT LP of next SC, *SC in FRONT LPS of next SC, CH 3, SLST in FRONT LPS of next SC* REP from * to * around (24 RUFFLES), Fasten off.

Using MC, join with a SLST to top BACK LPS of any SC from RND 10.
ROW 1: CH 1, SC in same SP as SLST for joining, SC in BACK LPS of next SC, CH 1, turn.
ROW 2: 1 SC in each SC (2 SC), CH 1, Turn.
ROWS 3 to 33: REP ROW 2.
With a SLST join handle to opposite side of basket, in the BACK LP at the top of SC of RND 10.
Insert hook into first SC of handle, and same SP where you already made a SLST, SLST.
Insert hook in next SC of handle, and in next BACK LP at the top of RND 10 of basket, SLST.
SLST in next BACK LP of RND 10, Fasten off.
Decorate as desired, and fill with candy, or whatever you like. ENJOY!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like to make the basket without the ruffle, follow the directions for handle--making the following changes...

1. After completing RND 10, just skip down to directions for handle--you won't have to attach with MAIN COLOR, because you'll already still be connected--so just skip ahead to where you begin crocheting handle.
2. Go through BOTH LPS.

For our non-crocheters here is a similar craft for you...

Construction Paper Basket

Materials Needed:
Construction Paper
Tape or glue

1. Cut a square out of a piece of construction paper (Set the scraps aside for later use).

2. Cut a slit in each corner, trying to keep them even with each other.

3. Fold up each side, overlapping the corners. As you bring each side up, either tape or glue the corners together.

4. Take those scraps and make a handle with them. Tape or glue the handle to your basket.

5. Decorate as desired, and fill with candy and/or toys.

***If you have an original recipe, quick tip, or craft, that you would like to share with us, please send it in with your first and last name, and your email address to If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we will not be able to use all submissions.***


(A word of encouragement)
By: Denise Imbody

Ever feel like you just can not continue on sometimes? If you're honest with yourself, you'll find your answer is "YES!" Just as we all are human, and have those times, even though they may be brief.

The enemy is constantly trying to trip us up, and see if we are going to fall, or stand. And, unfortunately, there are times that we actually do "fall" but here is the good news...we don't have to stay down.

Just stand back up, brush yourself off, and stand firm--believe it or not--we may even feel stronger the next time he tries to knock us down--and it might be harder for him to push us down.

There are a couple of great songs that come to mind, as I write this. I will post just a part of each one.

Here is the first one, it is an oldie but a goodie...the Imperials sang it back in the late 70's/early 80' is called SAIL ON...

Sail on
When the water gets high
Sail on
When the winds start to die
Sail on
It's just a matter of minutes 'til our ship comes to get us
And we'll all get on it

Words and music: Chris Christian Lead vocals: Keith Lancaster and Tom Graham (on bass step-outs)

and a more recent one sung by Rachael Lampa...this one is called WHEN I FALL

I am going to put a little bit of each verse, and the chorus...

Part of Verse 1:
And I stand in my emotion, and I let it be my own
And I know I'm not forsaken
And I'll never be alone

Part of Verse 2:
And when I get this feeling, like I am not so strong
I still can feel You with me
Yeah, You've been there all along

When I fall, when I fall
I know where I'll be landing
When I fall, when I fall
You will still be standing

When I Fall
by Rachael Lampa
album: Rachael Lampa (2004)

Both songs just speak volumes, don't they?

It is so reassuring that even those who are professional Christian singers have times like these, thus the beautiful songs listed above, come from their personal experiences--or at least of those who wrote the lyrics--it is like a "Love Song" from Jesus letting us know that it's going to be okay, if we lean on Him, and land in His arms, WHEN WE FALL , or just to SAIL ON and wait for Him to come rescue us...because truly "It's just a matter of minutes before He comes to get us"! Ü



In this section, you will find five questions each month. Scripture references will sometimes be provided, but other times you will have to seek out the answers. We pray this will help you to get to know God's Word more.

It is all about time! So let's see if you know these times from the Word. (The New International Version of the Bible was used for creating this quiz.)

1) Moses's mother hid him for this long?

2) It was the _____ hour when they crucified Jesus.

3) How long did Jacob have to wait for Rachel after he wed Leah?

4) Jonah proclaimed that Ninevah would be overturned in this many days?

5) When Peter and John healed the lame man, they were entering the temple for the time of prayer. What time of day was the time of prayer?

Click here for the answers



In this section we will share, and recommend our favorite website, book, movie, or any other favorite things we can think of to share with you. These are all highly recommended.

Movie of the Month: Bundle of Joy
Recommended by: Denise Imbody

Bundle of Joy Bundle of Joy stars Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. It is an extremely cute story based back in the 50's. Unfortunately, it's hard to get a hold of for purchasing--it's out there--just hard to find, and a bit expensive for a VHS--I have not been able to find it on DVD, yet anyway. The Classic movie channels, however, do play it at least once a year. If you can find it on, I highly recommend it.

Reynolds plays a single woman who works in a department store. Her enthusiasm for wanting to make a lot of sales gets her fired. On her lunch break, the day she is given her notice, she heads to the unemployment office. She notices a baby, on the stoop of the foundling home, and catches it from falling off. She tries to give it to those in the foundling home, but they will not listen to her explanation of what happened--they believe it is her baby, and they make every effort to have her keep the baby.

Fisher plays her boss, and when the head of the foundling home comes to tell her boss that she is giving her baby up, because she was fired, Fisher decides to give her her job back.

There is an adorable little song (did I mention it was a musical? Ü) in this movie, that I wish I had known when my kiddos were babes. It is called HOW I LOVE MY PRETTY is just the cutest little song to sing to a little one.

If you want to know what else happens during the movie, I suggest you find it (hopefully you'll be able to soon--maybe a friend has it taped?), watch it, and enjoy. This is a great movie to watch with the whole family.

Book of the Month: Lost! On a Mountain in Maine
Recommended by: Frances Robson

Lost! On a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler as told to Joseph B. Egan

We listened to a great book the other day and I highly recommend this one! It is called Lost! On a Mountain in Maine and is by Donn Fendler as told to Joseph B. Egan.

From the back cover: "Over 50 years ago (1939), 12 year-old Donn Fendler became lost on Mount Katahdin-the highest mountain in Maine. Here is his account of how he survived nine days in this vast and beautiful, yet wild and perilous wilderness. Alone, starving and without shelter, yet determined to survive, Donn's story of his ordeal is a timeless adventure for listeners of all ages."

The audio version of the story runs for 2 hours total. I saw this in the library and thought it looked very interesting. But the description does not mention how Donn prayed frequently and showed great faith. When you listen to this (or read the book, but I think listening might be even more exciting), you will be struck by his faith and his complete trust in God. At one point, he prays for food, but says that he knows that if he didn't get any food, then he must not need it. I cried at different parts of it. I cannot say enough good about this story! I liked it so much that I am going to buy a copy of this for us to keep.

Web Site of the Month: K-LOVE
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell


Do you love Christian music? Then this is the site for you! K-Love provides 24 hour streaming Christian and Gospel music 7 days a week via the Internet. You just go to the site.. launch the player... and start to listen!

But there is more -- while the music plays, you can see on the site the artist name and song title.. and there are even links to the song for the lyrics, the Artist's site and a place to purchase the CD.

And that is still not all! There is a place to enter prayer requests so other Christians can be praying for them... there is a daily Word you can read at the site or receive via email....there's even news from a Christian Worldview.

This is a great way to stay informed and encouraged each day. So go to K-Love and start enjoying the music and praising the Lord!



In this section you might find a word search, An unscramble the words, OR any kind of word puzzle. We hope you will have fun with it! Ü

I got this idea from a friend off our JEM-cHaT list.

Each number represents a letter. 1=A, 2=B, and so on like that, all the way through to 26=Z. Can you figure out what this puzzle is, by replacing each number with the letter it represents?

NOTE: The * represents the space between each word.

HINT: The category is, CHORUS OF A SONG

2 5 8 15 12 4,* 8 5 * 3 15 13 5 19!*
18 9 4 9 14 7 * 15 14 * 20 8 5 * 3 12 15 21 4 19!*
19 8 9 14 9 14 7 * 12 9 11 5 * 20 8 5 * 19 21 14,*
1 20 * 20 8 5 * 20 18 21 13 16 5 20 * 3 1 12 12!*

19 15 * 12 9 6 20 * 25 15 21 18 * 22 15 9 3 5,*
9 20 ' 19 * 20 8 5 * 25 5 1 18 * 15 6 * 10 21 2 9 12 5 5,*
1 14 4 * 15 21 20 * 15 6 * 26 9 15 14 ' 19 * 8 9 12 12,* 19 1 12 22 1 20 9 15 14 * 3 15 13 5 19!

SONG TITLE: 4 1 25 19 * 15 6 * 5 12 9 10 1 8

Click here for the answers


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May God bless and keep you throughout this month! May He smile upon you, and show You mercy all of your days--and may You find peace in Him, and through Him! In Jesus' name, Amen

Answers for this month's BIBLE QUIZ:

1) 3 months -- Ex. 2:2

2) third -- Mark 15:25

3) one week -- Gen. 29:27-28

4) 40 -- Jonah 3:4

5) 3 in the afternoon -- Acts 3:1

--Back to BIBLE QUIZ--




Behold, He comes!
Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun,
at the trumpet call!

So lift your voice,
it's the year of jubilee,
and out of Zion's hill, salvation comes!