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JEM-PRECIOUS STONES
(Issue #9 -- September 2003)


Hello, and welcome to the Harvest edition of Jem Ministries E-zine! Well, it's actually the September edition, but harvest is the theme!

Soon it will be time to pick those tomatoes, or that corn! Cucumbers and strawberries will be ripening on the vine, and the apples will soon be red and crisp! It's also time for the Lord's harvest! Souls are ready -- all we need to do is get to work!

Lets take a look at the harvest -- through spiritual eyes...

In His Service,
Matt

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACROSTIC FOR SEPTEMBER
BIRTHDAY GREETING
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
POINTS TO PONDER
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
HARVEST
A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'
CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
CRAFT OF THE MONTH
SKIPPING STONES
BIBLE QUIZ
CHECK IT OUT!
JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH



ACROSTIC FOR SEPTEMBER
By: Denise Imbody

Sing out an incredibly
Everlasting song that will
Praise our Lord throughout all
Time, never ceasing, never
Ending, lifting our voices to our
Messiah, Savior, Friend,
Brother, comforter, and Father
Ever praising Him who will
Reign forever and ever!

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BIRTHDAY GREETING

A very happy birthday to all of you born in September! May The Lord bless you richly on your special day!

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
By: Denise Imbody

The Colors Of Autumn

ďBut the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.Ē
-Matthew 13:23

This time of year is becoming fast my favorite time of year. Itís time for sweaters, jeans, and jackets. Itís time for home made applesauce, pies, and big dinners. Itís time for cold, crisp winds, and my favoriteÖthe changing colors of the leaves. All these things are very special to me, but Iíd have to say that at this point the fall foliage has to be my favorite. Iím not sure how much longer Iíll be able to see the beautiful changing leaves, but Iím trying to enjoy things while I still can.

It is hard for me sometimes, to think that I may wake up someday, and not be able to see anything. I know that I canít see much right now, but at least I can still see some.

I like the warmth of the feeling fall seems to have, also. Heading towards the holidays, and family and friends try so hard to get together more. Even though the air grows colder; peoples hearts seem to grow warmer.

I think this must be the way it is when someone new comes to the Lord. Theyíve been out in the cold for so long, then when Jesus comes into their heart they begin to warm up. They begin to want to fellowship and draw closer to Jesus, and His children.

So, since harvest is in the air, letís get out there and harvest a crop for the Lord. Letís bring them in out of the cold. Picking through the weeds to harvest a good crop for Him. Letís pray, read, fellowship, and get out there and witness together In the name of Jesus. Letís show them we are Christians by our love, and that they want to feel that love, too. We all may not see the results, but some sow, some water, and some get to see the results. We can just know that in the Lord, we do have a part.

Author's Note:
I wrote this 2 years ago--it was the VERY first devotion posted to our Daily Devotion List--well, I felt like the Lord wanted us to post it in this issue of the E-Zine.

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POINTS TO PONDER
By: Barbara Lea Campbell

In this section we will look at the scriptures closely, and see if what we have come to know as the truth is found in God's Holy Word.

I am fascinated by the book of Esther. When I hear people tell or explain the beginning of that book, they talk of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) and his great feast and how he called for his wife Queen Vashti to parade in front of the men wearing only her crown. Vashti refuses and thus her bannishment from the king. I have always been amazed by this -- that a husband would have a wife do such a thing! But as I was reading Esther 1 recently I noticed these verses -- "On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on." (Esther 1:10 - 11)

Verse 11 said she was to have the crown on, but there is nothing to indicate that she was to wear nothing else. And in doing a bit of research, I learned that it was not unusual for kings of Persia to show off their treasures and that a wife would certainly be considered part of the king's property.

From these verses it appears that this was the case with Xerxes. He was a proud man and wanted to show off his beautiful wife.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH


"If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshipped."
--Evelyn Underhill

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HARVEST
By: Matthew Imbody

In my mind, I see a field. A vast field of thriving apple trees! The apples weigh heavy on the branches, and are a myriad of deep reds and greens. A beautiful fragrance floats on the wind Ė the smell of fall, of wood stoves and of fallen leaves. Harvest time has come in all itís glory Ė but the field is quiet.

Day after day passes. Although the owner of the field has kept, tended, and brought fruit forth from the land, noone is ever found in his orchards gathering in his harvest. Some of the fruit has fallen to the ground. Even more is beginning to rot on the trees. Where are the laborers? Where are the workers that will reclaim the harvest for the master? Has all his work been in vain?

More time passes. The air is now crisp and cool. Winter is setting in, and it looks like itís getting ready for a long stay. The field stands unharvested. The trees, having lost hope, have dropped almost all their fruit, and the ground is littered with the remains of what could have been a glorious yield.

With tears in His eyes, the farmer surveys his land. He wanders amongst the bare trees that he had so lovingly tended. He reaches up and picks the last remaining fruit in his largest and favorite tree. He brings it to his mouth, and immediately spits it onto the ground. The slightly shriveled apple drops from his hand as he falls to his knees and cries out, ďWhy didnít you bring the harvest in? Why have so many sweet lives been lost? Why didnít you listen to me when I said that the fields were ready for harvest? Why didnít you listen?Ē

How important is it to spread the Good News? Itís all important! If the crop isnít brought in, it will die! You and I are the workers, and the field is the world. ďThe harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.ď (Luke 10:2)

Lord, help us to work harder than ever to bring Your harvest into the safety of Your barns. Lord may our efforts save many lives from falling and rotting, and may You receive all the honor and glory for the increase! In Jesusí name, Amen!

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A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.
--Author Unknown

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CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH

We really should be getting into Godís 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.

Luke 10
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Denise Imbody

Swedish Apple Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash, peel, and slice apples (using enough to fill a pie pan three fourths full.

Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together and sprinkle over the apples.

In a separate bowl mix three fourths melted butter (1 and a half sticks), 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg, and a pinch of salt (You can also add 1 cup of walnuts if you like) together.

Pour mixture over the apples with the cinnamon and sugar and bake on 350 for 50 minutes.

It is very delicious!

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QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Kids & Glue! What a mess that brings to mind. Years ago when teaching Sunday School to 4 & 5 year old children, I learned the neatest trick. Save lids from small plastic containers, like margarine tubs. Clean them thoroughly. When your child has an activity that requires gluing, squeeze some glue into the lid. Then have the child dip cotton swabs (Q-Tips) into the glue and use them to apply it to the paper or whatever it is they are gluing. Have plenty of swabs on hand so they can toss them away as they get sticky! This is much easier for children to manage than glue bottles and makes a lot less of a mess! You can clean and reuse the lids if you like or just throw them away and use a new one the next time you're gluing!

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CRAFT OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Denise Imbody

I used to do this craft with the different Sunday School classes I taught, and it was a big hit.

Materials:
A Big sheet of paper (your choice of size really)
All different colors of tissue paper
Markers or crayons
Glue or glue sticks
Scissors

Instructions:
Have the children draw a picture of a tree, with bare branches, and ground--and whatever else they'd like in the picture. (If the children you are working with, are too young to do this, then have the pictures drawn ahead of time for them.)

Cut the colored tissue paper into any size square--it's been a while since I have done this project--but I think 2" by 2" will work fine. (Again, you might want to have this done ahead of time too, depending on the age of the children.)

I think glue sticks will work fine for this project. So, have them dab the glue in different places on the picture--some on the tree, some falling to the ground, and some on the ground.

Then take the squares of tissue paper--1 at a time--crinkle it up--and put it on the glue spots.

If you would rather use glue, you can use the Quick Tip Of The Month, above. After the children crinkle the colored squares, apply a little glue to each "leaf" with the cotton swab, and stick it on the picture.

There you have it--a nice picture of autumn leaves.

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SKIPPING STONES
(A word of encouragement)
By: Matthew Imbody

I know many people who have been praying for the salvation of loved ones for years. I want to take a few moments to encourage those who find themselves in that situation...

The Lord says: ďThey that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him .Ē (Psalms 126:5-6)

I say to you who cry out to The Lord for your wife, God sees your tears! I say to you who lie awake at night pleading for your husbandís soul, your prayers are being heard! I say to you who have children that are unsaved, the Lord IS faithful! I say to you who long for a friend or a family member to come to Jesus, NEVER GIVE UP!

Our Lord is bringing in His harvest, and I believe that He will use every means at His disposal to bring unto Himself all that are even remotely reachable. Keep your faith strong! Keep your witness pure, and keep your eyes on Him...

Psalms 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

NEVER GIVE UP!

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BIBLE QUIZ

In this section, you will find 5 questions each month, along with the Scripture reference (unless of course, the question is asking where you can find something in the Bible). We pray this will help you to get to know Godís Word more. The answers will be provided in the next issue.

Before you can have a harvest, you must sow some seed! So let's take a look at the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13. These questions and their answers were taken from the KJV.

1. How many types of seed were sown by the sower?

2. What happened to the seeds that fell by the way side?

3. Why didn't the seeds which sprung up in the stony places continue to grow?

4. What happens to cause the one who hears the word to become unfruitful?

5. Which seeds brought forth fruit?


ANSWERS FOR AUGUST'S QUIZ

All answers can be found in Daniel 3

1. Who made a golden image 90 feet high, and 9 feet wide?
King Nebuchadnezzar

2. What would happen to anyone who did not fall down and worship that image?
They'd be thrown in the fiery furnace

3. Who told King Nebuchadnezzar that the Jews were not following the decree of falling down and worshipping that golden image?
Some Astrologers

4. How much hotter did King Nebuchadnezzar tell them to make the furnace?
7 Times

5. Who actually were burned to death by just throwing Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in to the fiery furnace?
The Strong Soldiers


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CHECK IT OUT!

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.

Book of the Month: Revolution in World Missions
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Revolution in World Missions by K. P. Yohannan

K. P. Yohannan was born in a remote village in India. His mother prayed that God would call one of her sons to the ministry. God answered that prayer in young K.P. He shared the Gospel with boldness on the street corners, in bus stations, where ever he felt the Spirit call, but K. P.'s ministry did not stop there. Through a chain of God lead events, K. P. would found Gospel for Asia, an organization dedicated to training native missionaries to spread God's message throughout Asia. In Revolution in World Missions, you will read about K.P.'s journey, seeing God's hand every step of the way. You will also read amazing stories of God's provisions and how He is at work through GFA.

There is an added blessing to this book -- it is free! Go to www.gfa.org and click on the Free Book link to request a copy. This book will challenge you to look at your life and your lifestyle in view of those who are lost in this world.


Video of the Month: School House Rock
Recommended by: Denise Imbody

School House Rock

Well, not only is it time for HARVEST, but it is also the time of year where a lot of us are about to begin school, or have recently begun school--so, I thought it might be fun to review the School House Rock Videos.

This is a VERY fun, and educational way to learn grammar, multiplication skills, history, and science. I believe they can help any age, or grade level.

These little 5 to 10 minute cartoons, began airing on ABC back in the 1970's, between Saturday morning cartoons. The songs stick with you, and believe me, when I say that almost 30 years later, I can still sing most of them! :)

Whether you homeschool, or not, this is a must have for your video collection. It is available on VHS, and DVD.

If you'd like to check this out further you can go to this website: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/preschool/schoolhouserock/index.html

Have fun with learning!


Experience of the Month: Fall In New England
Recommended by: Matthew Imbody

The air is growing cooler. Upon breathing it in deeply, you notice the distinct smell of a wood burning stove. The sound of crunching leaves is with you every where you step! Itís fall in New England!

What a wonderful time of the year Ė a time for hay rides and apple cider! A time for hot cocoa and snuggling up close under a warm blanket! A time for Apple picking, pumpkin pie, and the beautiful colors of the falling leaves...

I canít share all this with you, but I can share some of the pictures I have taken over the last few years. You can view them at:

http://www.jemministries.org/pics/Page.html

Because of all the rain this year, the colors promise to be more brilliant and glorious! If you get a chance to drive through the white mountains, or even just through Connecticut or Massachusetts, do it! You wonít regret it!

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JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH

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! ‹ Answers will be in next month's issue.

GUESS WHO?

Since we are talking about the Harvest in this issue, we thought it would be neat to look at some well known workers of the Harvest from days gone bye. The answers and more information about these Great Christians can be found at the following website:

http://www.intouch.org/myintouch/mighty/portraits/index_77957.html

Read the clue and see if you can guess who it is talking about. The person's initials are included at the end as an extra hint!

This missionary to China's parents prayed before his birth "Dear God, if you should give us a son, grant that he may work for You in China." (HT)

This great evangelist used lecture halls and theaters as his pulpit to reach those who might not enter a church or attend a tent meeting. (DM)

This hymn-writer composed over 8500 hymns despite being blinded at the age of 6 weeks when a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong "medical" treatment. (FC)

This Scotsman refused to run in the Olympic heats because they were being help on a Sunday, a day set apart for the Lord. He chose to place his convictions before the possibility of fame. (EL)

An error in paperwork prevented this prisoner of war from being killed in a Nazi Prison Camp. She vowed that is God would spare her life she would tell as many people as possible about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. (CTB)

Although his friends felt he would be best used of God in America, this young martyr chose a different path - the one God had for him in South America stating "Why should some hear twice when others have not heard the Gospel once?" (JE)

God gave this saint a love for the unloved and as a result she rescued children in India from a life as temple prostitutes. Although she has been home with the Lord for many, many years, her work continues today at Dohnavur Fellowship. (AC)

This missionary came from a poor family and was destined to spend his life working in the mills, but he knew God wanted more and determined to be a medical missionary. After years of hard work, his dream was realized as he traveled into darkest Africa, open up that continent for the many that would follow in the name of the Lord. (DL)


ANSWERS FOR AUGUST'S PUZZLER

Unscramble these 10 books of the Bible.

EUDOTEROYMN--DEUTERONOMY
IR1ONCLHECS--1 CHRONICLES
SLAMPS--PSALMS
HAMEENIH--NEHEMIAH
KABKAHUBK--HABBAKKUK
WEHTTAM--MATTHEW
STAC--ACTS
AGALANITS--GALATIANS
BREHEWS--HEBREWS
TLAHESS2NNIONSNA--2 THESSALONIANS

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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