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July 12, 2017, 1:41 PM

Side by Side -- July 2017

I want to thank Gary Woodman for the following list of “emergency numbers” every Christian should carry with them wherever they go. If you’d like a copy that’s “portable”, please look on the back table of the church.    Keep a copy in your Bible and use in case of emergency!

Emergency Call List

When in sorrow – call John 14

When people fail you – call Psalm 27

When you have sinned – call Psalm 51

When you worry – call Matthew 6:19-34

When you are in danger – call Psalm 91

When God seems far way – call Psalm 139

When your faith needs stirring – call Hebrews 11

When you are lonely and fearful – call Psalm 23

When you grow bitter and critical – call 1 Corinthians 13

When you feel down and out – call Romans 8:31

When you want peace and rest – call Matthew 11:25-30

When the world seems bigger than God – call Matthew 11:25-30

When you want faith assurance – call Romans 8:1-30

When you travel – call Psalm 121

When your prayers get narrow or selfish – call Psalm 121

When you want courage for a task – call Joshua 1

When you think of money – call Mark 10

If you are depressed – call Psalm 27

If your pocketbook is empty – call Psalm 37

If you lose confidence in people – call 1 Corinthians 13

If people seem unkind – call John 15

If discouraged about your work – call Psalm 126

If self-pride/greatness takes hold – call Psalm 19

If you want to be fruitful – call John 15

For understanding Christianity – call 2 Corinthians 5:15-19

For a great invention/opportunity – call Isaiah 55

For getting along with others – call Romans 12

For Paul’s secret to happiness – call Colossians 3:12-17

For dealing with fear – call Psalm 34:7

For security – call Psalm 121:3

For assurance – call Mark 8:35

For reassurance – call Psalm 145:18



John’s nephew, Ben Heidengren, has written a moving and inspiring book of poems and their explanations on the subject of suffering.  It’s called, “The Forlorn Hope”.  He was in a car accident in 2011 and suffered a concussion/head injury which left him battling short term amnesia.  He could remember everything before the accident, and then only remember for about 6-8 hours before it all faded away.  Each day he writes in his notebook what happened that day so he can read it the next day.  Thankfully since then God has brought much healing and he can remember 24 hours at a time and some special events like his wedding to Sasha in April.  He came to Trinity School for Ministry for a book signing in March and his poems and explanations have blessed so many.  I pray that these two poems will give you hope and encouragement in the midst of your, or your loved one’s suffering.  If you’d like a copy of his book, go on Amazon or see me.                                     

~ Blanche

June 2, 2017, 8:52 AM

Side by Side / John & Blanche -- June 2017

Pastor John

Graduation! It marks the end of a long season of hard work – by both the student and their parents! Our family has a graduation this month. Nathaniel graduates on June 2 from Beaver County Christian School in Beaver Falls and will begin studies at Geneva College this fall, hoping to major in Computer Science (Cybersecurity) and Youth Ministry. Nate enjoyed playing tennis on the Blackhawk/BCCS team and won the Section Singles Championship and the Section Doubles Championship!

Graduation! It marks the end of a long season of hard work. But it doesn’t end the process of learning. The Bible expects us to be lifelong learners. The word “disciple” means “learner” and Jesus calls us to “follow Him” for the purpose of learning more and more how to live our Christian life. Whether we’re in a brick-and-mortar school working on a degree or in the “school of life” (or the “school of hard knocks”) working on serving God in the world, we are still learning. 

Graduation! It marks the end of one season of learning, and the beginning of a new season of learning. Pray for Nate as he transitions to a new season of learning, and for yourself as you continue as His disciple! What are you learning today?



Children are precious!!  Jesus said to his disciples, when they pushed away the children from Him as they thought He was too busy for them, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 19:14)  He also brought a little child before them and said that unless they turn and become like children, they will not even enter the kingdom of Heaven.  (Matthew 18:2)In addition, He gives everyone a promise and a huge warning: “Whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me,” and “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea!”

Yes, children are treasured by our Savior, and since we follow Him and want to obey His commandments, then children are precious to us as well.  After all, we once were children!  We know how being held and blessed meant so much to us…a kind word went a long way to build us up and encourage us, while at the same time a negative or sharp word could take the wind out of our sails, or make us feel down and worthless.       >>>

My question is this.  What are you doing to bless little children in your life?  How are you loving little ones and encouraging them and showing them that someone cares about them?  We have little ones in our church that could your use your attention and thoughtfulness.  I recommend you adopt one of these little ones and pray for them.  Talk to their parents and see how you could be a support to them in raising them to love Jesus.  Teaching Sunday school or helping out at VBS would be another way to bless these precious little ones.  See me if you’d like to be a part of making a difference for this next generation!

February 27, 2017, 7:58 PM

Side by Side -- March 2017

I recently started going to the gym in the mornings. Now it’s not something I’d been doing very much in the past few years. It’s hard to get up and exercise when I’d rather sleep in and lay still. You know what I mean! Anyway, after procrastinating for most of January (having purchased a yearly membership and feeling bad for not using it), I went one morning. While on the rowing machine, I saw Herb Bailey, Church Army Captain and Ministry Director at the Uncommon Grounds Café working out as well. We chatted and I lost track of time as I completed my routine and drove home. It was nice to see a familiar face and it encouraged me to see someone else getting up early and exercising. Since then, I have seen nine people I know and made 6 new friends.

So if you’ve fallen off of a regular habit and you’re searching for motivation to pick back up with some good habit, ask God to help you. You might get hooked on a daily routine through friendships, or renewed health, or just the gift from God of a stronger motivation to do it. Sometimes it is a spiritual battle, since the enemy knows our victory and success in one area of our life will lead to victory and success in another area. And let me know how I can pray for you in your area of struggle – I’ve got lots of prayer time on the treadmill and I’d be glad to include your needs in my prayers!

-Pastor John


We are doing a study on Wednesday mornings by Bible teacher Mark Virkler, that teaches us how to hear God speak though our dreams. He makes a good point from Scriptures that God delights in speaking to us in the day and in the "visions of the night" as we sleep upon our beds. And why not? We are asleep for roughly 33% of our lifetime...and God loves to speak to us all the time, so why wouldn't He continue to speak to us while we are asleep? In fact, He speaks to us in ways that we might not listen to when we are awake. In the Bible, God speaks through dreams to give us a message, to warn, to guide, and to give a heavenly experience.

Can you remember what you dreamed last night? Now some of you may say, "I didn't dream anything last night." Did you know that EVERYONE dreams? Yes, if you study what really happens scientifically while you sleep, you will learn that the average person who sleeps around 8 hours, dreams for about an hour and a half! So instead of asking, "Did you dream last night?" the question we need to ask is, "Do you remember what you dreamed?"  According to Mark Virkler, who has been teaching on dreams for over 25 years, all you have to do is put a pen and paper by your bedside, and ask the Lord from your heart right before you fall asleep to wake you a few minutes before you normally would awake, and you will remember what you just dreamed. Then you write it down right away before you forget it. Mark also teaches about how we can biblically interpret our own dreams as they are personally given to each of us. Feel free to ask me more about this when you see me at church. Sweet dreams!

Blessings!  Blanche

November 11, 2016, 7:32 PM

Side by Side for November 2016

I recently got a catalog in the mail advertising greeting cards for Christmas. Christmas, as you know, is the birthday of Jesus, the Savior of the world. The Bible tells of His birth with the accompanying stories of angels, wise men, shepherds, mangers, and stars. But this catalog seemed to miss all that. It seemed to say that Christmas was just a “season” of warm thoughts, best wishes, and friendly greetings. The whole reason for the season was missing.

As believers in Jesus, who was born to save us from our sins and give us the hope of eternal life in heaven, it would make sense for us to send Christmas cards that actually talked about the real story of Christmas. Our world needs to be reminded of the truth of Christmas with sayings like: “peace on earth”, “joy to the world” and “let earth receive her King” and Scripture verses like “unto us a child is born”, “glory to God in the highest” and “Prince of Peace”.

I want to challenge you, if you send Christmas cards, to let your cards be a witness to your faith. For ideas, try:

Keep Christ in Christmas. Remind people of the real reason for the season. Wise men still seek Him – do your greeting cards tell people about your faith?

-- Pastor John

I love the month of November because of the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving. It's a time of being with family and friends to give thanks together to our God for all that He has done for us.  If you are attending a Thanksgiving meal this November, I highly recommend you take with you this blessing that you can ask to share with those at your gathering, and then invite them to share any other Bible verses they like on the topic of Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be grateful for! Let us take this opportunity to rejoice and be thankful to Him and bless His name!

"Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day / We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done / Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see / For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care / These are the blessings You graciously share.   
So today we offer this response of praise / With a promise to follow You all of our days."  (by Mary Fairchild)

-- Blanche

September 27, 2016, 7:33 PM

Side by Side -- October 2016

Side by Side: Pastor John and Blanche Heidengren

His name is Francis. He was born in 1181 into a wealthy family in the little Italian town of Assisi. His early years were filled with drinking and partying and living in luxury. He dreamed of being a knight, but after serving as a soldier, captured by the enemy, spending a year in prison, and finally ransomed by his father, he returned to Assisi a changed man.

He left his life of ease to serve God in poverty and rebuild a broken church. He preached around the countryside and embraced a ministry to lepers. He was joined by twelve loyal followers (known as Franciscan friars) and began a mission to restore the values of Jesus to a wealthy, misguided, and decadent Church leadership. They followed the Gospel teachings of Jesus and renounced their worldly possessions.  Francis was an ordained Deacon.

He is well known for his love of animals and nature. He is usually pictured in a brown Franciscan habit surrounded by animals and flowers. Francis died on October 3 at the age of 44. He was made “Saint Francis” by the Church just two years after his death.

Churches today often commemorate Francis by holding a Pet Blessing service in early October, around the time of his death. Please invite your friends to Prince of Peace on October 8th at 11am for a Pet Blessing in our church’s back yard.

-- John

This month I am joining John in honoring St. Francis by sharing his famous prayer asking God to make him an instrument of peace. May we at Prince of Peace Church invite the Lord to do the same! 

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;                                      
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love;                                            

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life."


-- Blanche




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