Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Psalm 68:19

How we want to praise our loving Lord for His constant care. His mercies are new every morning. He daily bears us up, no matter what we are facing. The Lexham English Bible translates “daily bears us up” as “daily he loads us with benefits.” How has He “loaded you up” today?

God is our salvation. The Hebrew word for “salvation” is the same root as the name of Jesus, meaning “YHWH saves.” “Salvation” can also be translated as “victory.” We truly have “victory in Jesus.” How has He given you victory today?

Our family continues to experience the wonderful, daily blessing of our Savior. We asked for prayer for Rebekah and Tim and their housing situation. We praise the Lord that at least for now, they can remain in their apartment. They are both doing well with their jobs and church ministries. They are currently working through the grief of losing Tim’s best friend, Greg. They planned his memorial service and miss him terribly.

Victoria and Noah both are enjoying their jobs and are both on their church’s worship team. Victoria’s middle school choir had some of the highest evaluation scores of any middle school in the state. Victoria and Noah have been running and working out lately. They even ran together in a local road race. Here are some pictures of their accomplishment.

Maria taught the entire last semester at an elementary school in a neighboring city as a long-term sub. She enjoyed her experience and is in the interview process for various teaching positions around our area. Here she is with her team.

Leah enjoyed celebrating her birthday. Here’s her cake and a not-quite-recent photo. (She has become more camera shy as the years progressed.)

I spent some time recently thanking God for Leah. She is so wise, gifted, and talented. She is an incredibly loving wife and mother. She is passionately devoted to Jesus. As I observe her ministry of intercession, I wonder if I know how to pray at all! Yet, in my prayer time, I couldn’t help but focus on one word that describes her – content. While she is homebound because of her health, she is still completely content in Christ. While I do a terrible job being a provider for my family, she is content with all we have. She lives out the truth of Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” and 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” How thankful I am for my precious bride!

Leah and I would appreciate prayer for our health. Leah continues to battle pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis, kidney issues, diabetes, mental illness, and constant stomach problems. My severe neuropathy continues to slowly progress. My hands have continuous pain. I am being tested for several eye problems, including a detached retina, glaucoma, and cataracts. A stubborn bought of bronchitis has pushed back my testing dates.

Please also pray we will be good stewards of what God provides. We are concerned with events in Washington D.C., as we are dependent upon my disability check and need it on time. (Leah does not qualify for disability, as she does not have enough past work credits.) With the end of the national COVID health emergency, we will face significant increases in our health and insurance costs. Pray we will handle God’s blessings wisely.

How can I pray for you? Please let me know. We love and appreciate you!

Brian Heinen 802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com

HEINEN HAPPENINGS – September 2022

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4

I trust you are enjoying the transition into the fall season. Hopefully things will cool off in your part of the world soon. Football is starting, and the kids can make some new friends at school. May God bless this new, exciting chapter of our lives.

Our family is doing well. Maria is doing her student teaching in a third grade class in a neighboring community. She loves it and is doing a terrific job. It is hard to believe she will graduate in December. She just turned 21 a month ago!

Victoria and Noah are doing great. Victoria started a new job as the choir director for the Conway Middle School, which has one of the top choir programs around. She has to drive a bit each day, as does Noah, but they don’t seem to mind.

Rebekah and Tim are surviving the flooding that New Jersey has experienced lately. They continue to serve in their local church and enjoy time spent with Tim’s family. Rebekah relishes the role of “auntie.”

Leah and I are trying to recover from a three month battle with illness and injury. I had a kidney stone, colon obstruction, and then bronchitis. Leah tore her meniscus and still has a cough that just won’t leave her alone. We did not get COVID, which is a blessing. Sorry to those of you who may have called, emailed, or messaged us. We didn’t feel much like corresponding. We did meet a nice man from Nigeria when we took a cab to the doctor. We had a great discussion about our families and our faith. His family was supposed to join him here sometime soon. Please pray for their reunion.

Since I lost the ability to drive, I miss the freedom that comes with just getting in the car and hitting the road. I drove almost daily to one of our local parks or walking trails. One of the destinations I miss most is Lake Dardanelle State Park, just ten minutes from our house. I really miss the sunsets. Here are a few pics from the park from the Only in Arkansas website.

I was recently praying about some of the losses I experienced in recent years because of illness. The loss of dreams, plans, vocation, ministry opportunities, and independence have been tough, but have taught me several wonderful lessons. One of the most important is illustrated by Psalm 27:4. King David was in one of the many time periods in his life when he was concerned about his enemies doing him harm. Yet, in this moment of great turmoil, his one desire and request was to dwell in the house of God and gaze on His beauty.

This wording may make some uncomfortable. Many men have criticized some modern worship music as “girlfriend songs.” I am not sure what songs were being referred to or what exactly was meant, but I think these critics may have a misunderstanding of this idea of “beauty.” Beauty is not just a sexual thing. The beauty of the park or the sunsets across the lake are indeed beautiful and have nothing to do with sexuality. They inspire the heart and bring pleasure and joy to the soul. That is the meaning of Scripture and of this text. The beauty of God takes our breath away and gives meaning to our lives and strength to our hearts. This is what David knows he needs when all else seems dire. He needs to experience God face-to-face.

He continues with this theme in verses 7-8:

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

“Face” and “presence” are synonyms in the Old Testament. David wants to meet with God and have a face-to-face meeting to talk, to listen, and to experience His Presence and friendship.

God reminds us in the Old Testament that because He is holy and we are not, we “cannot see my (God’s) face, for man shall not see me and live.” How wonderful that because of the finished work of Jesus we can now enjoy God face-to-face! This is the same Jesus described as one with “no beauty that we should desire him.” This same Jesus opens our eyes to the beauty of God!

If you find yourself in a time of trouble, you may be reminded about what is really important. And what is of extreme importance is God. Knowing God. Enjoying friendship with Him. Gazing upon His beauty.

Where David knows he can gaze upon God is not just in nature or in a moment of solitude and silence, it is in the tent of God. This is the place of sacrifice and worship. It is a smelly, loud, but wonderful place where God’s people gather to be reconciled to Him and worship Him. What better place to meet with God than with others who reflect His image and want to seek Him together. That is where you will find Him. Going through loss has taught me what is really important. The things I lost are temporary and cannot ever truly satisfy. Only friendship with God is eternal and fulfilling. This is what I need to seek. This is what you need to seek.

Tim Keller tells the story of Allan Gardner, who in the 1850’s sailed off to South America to open a mission station to reach those who never heard of Jesus. He left everything behind to give his life to God’s service. He never made it. His ship went down and he found himself stranded on an island, where he died of starvation and thirst. Later, his body and his personal journal were found. His last entry was Psalm 34:10: The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. He then added, “I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God.” How could this man who was a failure as a missionary, who was in agony because of hunger and thirst, write these words? Why didn’t he cry out in anger to God, “God, I gave up everything for you! How could You allow this to happen to me?” It was because He knew what David wrote in Psalm 27. Nothing matters more than the goodness and beauty of God.

How can I pray for you? Please let me know. We love and appreciate you!

Brian Heinen 802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com



In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only
Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)

Merry Christmas! One of the messages of Christmas is “God has spoken.” Through Jesus, the Word, God has communicated to us who He is. “Word” translates the Greek “logos,” which Greek philosophers used to describe “the impersonal force of reason that brings order to the universe.” What the philosophers got wrong is that the Logos not only brings order to the universe, the Logos created the universe and currently sustains the universe, and the Logos is anything but impersonal. The Logos is so personal He entered the universe He created as a Person, Jesus Christ. “Logos” is from the same root word as “logic.” Jesus is God’s logical word to us about who He is. Do you wonder what God is like? Look at Jesus. Read about His life. Study His words about Himself. The proof that Christianity is true is not an argument, but a Person.

The message of Christmas is “the Word became flesh.” The divine became human. The omnipresent God packaged Himself in the body of a frail, helpless infant. The all-powerful Creator of all made Himself so completely vulnerable that men nailed that frail body to a cross so He could die for the sins of all mankind.

Hebrews 2 reminds us that the God-Man, Jesus, shared in our humanity in every way. He understands what you are going through, because He has been there. Are you poor? So was He. Are you lonely? He was abandoned by those closest to Him. Are you misunderstood? Even His family didn’t “get” Him. You can trust that He knows how you feel.

You might say, “I tried that. I even prayed to God. And nothing happened!” Jesus knows how that feels, too. In the garden He asked the Father if it was possible if the cup of judgment He would experience on the cross could be removed, and the answer He received was “no.” On that cross, He experienced the feeling of being abandoned by God as He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Jesus, the Word, knows exactly how you feel and He cares! He is Immanuel, “God with us.”

“With” is not just describing something spatial, in that He entered our world to be among the crowds, it also relational. He wants to be part of your life. In fact, He wants to BE your life. He can forgive you for all you have done and He can create a new you who will live forever in His glorious Kingdom.

Our family has had an eventful December that has filled our hearts with thanks to our God. We had the opportunity to attend the ceremony where Maria received her “starfish pin” which education majors at Arkansas Tech University receive upon graduation. And then we celebrated with Maria as she was awarded her diploma for graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. We are so proud of her and can’t wait to see what God does with the rest of her life!

A real treat for our entire family was Rebekah’s decision to fly to Arkansas from New Jersey to be part of this important milestone in Maria’s life. Special thanks needs to be given to her husband, Tim, for letting us borrow her for a week. What a blessing it was to have all our girls together once again. Here is a picture of them attending the Russellville Christmas parade.

While Rebekah was home, our family gathered at Victoria and Noah’s home as we celebrated Victoria’s birthday, Christmas, and every other holiday in 2022.

Our church had a potluck to welcome Rebekah home and honor Maria for her graduation.

Please join with us in thanking our gracious God for all of His blessings, especially our wonderful girls.

We also request your prayer for our family. Rebekah went home to find that Tim’s mother was hospitalized with a very serious illness. Please pray for her. After the graduation, Leah and Maria tested positive for COVID. Maria has since tested negative, while Leah still is experiencing a bad cough and congestion. Leah had already been battling two stubborn infections along with shingles. Please pray for her. A few days later, I decided to become a “team player” (Maria’s words) and tested positive myself. As I write this I am coughing. I also am experiencing COVID “brain fog,” which probably is the reason this newsletter is hard to understand (at least that’s my excuse). We all now have even more excuses to take naps, like the four hour one I enjoyed yesterday. While I was stuck at home, Maria found herself stuck at our mechanic with car problems, alone without my help. Please pray for us.

While we have need of your prayers, we are still incredibly mindful of the many blessings we have because the Word became flesh and made His home among us. I pray He feels at home in my life, in my family, and in my church. And I pray you experience the reality of Christ’s presence in your lives this blessed holiday season.

We pray for our friends and family. How can we pray for you? Please let me know. We love and appreciate you!

Brian Heinen 802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com


I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

Family and friends, I begin this newsletter with a passage I often quote. I do so because this is Pastor Appreciation month. I want to make public that I have great respect and admiration for the many I know who are faithful servants of Jesus Christ. You serve selflessly and courageously. I want to say “thank you” to those who represent Jesus so well by lovingly serving not only those in their local church family, but also those in their neighborhoods and communities. You are heroes! Some of you humbly serve in very public ministries in larger congregations. Some of you faithfully serve in relative anonymity in smaller settings. As Paul stated, I am so thankful for you. I pray for you with joy! I partner with you as we share the common task of making Christ known. I so love and appreciate you because of what you do in our Great Savior’s Name!

I especially want to acknowledge those who are retired from active ministry. While retired, you still are busy mentoring, encouraging, and praying for the next generation of leaders. You still reach your neighbors with the love and truth of Jesus. You do so sometimes forgotten by your denominational family and your previous congregations, whom you served faithfully. You still serve even though your energy may be lacking and your health may be declining. Friends, why not reach out to one of your past pastors to simply say, “thanks.”

I admit it is a bit unfair for clergy to have their own month to be thanked when so many in various fields of employment are never acknowledged or rewarded. If that is you, I appreciate you! Thank you for serving our Lord as you serve your employer with integrity. You may never be noticed or thanked, but if you are doing it for God and His glory, He sees you! “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17).

Our family is blessed, as always. Leah’s knee seems to be improving and may not require surgery. Please pray for her as she deals with stomach problems that greatly impact how much she can get out of the house. Our girls are doing well, busy with life and serving Jesus as they are able. Please pray that they will grow daily in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am dealing with more pain and fatigue, but I still get out and attend Russellville High School/Arkansas Tech University football games as Maria is able to give me rides. (Russellville friends, let me know if you need someone to cheer alongside.) Please pray I will remain faithful. We are praying for those who are cleaning up after the hurricane and we are praying for rain for our very dry community. We continually pray for the glory of Christ to intervene in the terrible circumstances we see all over the world. May the church be revived and filled with the Spirit so that a lost world will turn to Jesus, our only hope.

How can I pray for you? Please let me know. We love and appreciate you!

Brian Heinen 802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com


Friends, I have not written an update in a few months due to my frail fingers, but I cannot allow myself to not acknowledge my dear wife, as we recently celebrated her on Mother’s Day, and her birthday (May 18th). She is truly the best wife and mother and is an incredible blessing to our family. I love her more every day. She is our prayer warrior and our encourager. Here are a few pictures (sorry for the poor quality) from our college yearbook highlighting her Christian service ministry. She was the part of several singing groups. She truly sings like an angel!

Leah continues to deal with her health challenges and homebound condition with much grace. She spends hours in prayer for our family and for many other friends. She is amazing!

Rebekah and Tim continue to do much that brings glory to Christ through their personal lives and church ministries. Tim occasionally preaches at his father’s church and leads a small group at their church. Rebekah received a promotion and began her new work responsibilities this week.

Victoria and Noah are attending a new church and are getting involved in a small group and in the worship ministry. Victoria is finishing up her school year as the music director of the Atkins school district. Her high school choir made a recent trip to Disney World. She also has a recital this week for the music students she teaches at the local music center she manages.

Maria finished up her semester with another 4.0. She loved doing her internship at a local kindergarten class. She has her student teaching next semester, and then she is done! It is hard to believe our now 20 year-old will graduate before 2023 begins.

I am only preaching twice a month now and am greatly enjoying the ministry of the couple who are taking over shepherding responsibilities at the congregation I serve. The Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church will be part of the local homecoming in June, hosting the Sunday worship service and participating in the community revival.

God is so good to us! His grace truly is sufficient, His strength is made perfect through our weakness, and His mercies are new every morning!

In my current preaching series through Hebrews, my reading of the terrific book by Katie Faris, He Will Be Enough, and our family’s study of Dane Ortlund’s masterful Gentle and Lowly, I have been confronted by the truth of Hebrews 4 over and over again this week:

Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV)

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Meditate on what Ortlund says about this life-transforming truth:

The word for “sympathize” here is a compound word formed from the prefix meaning “with” (like our English prefix co-) joined with the verb to suffer. “Sympathize” here is not cool and detached pity. It is a depth of felt solidarity such as is echoed in our own lives most closely only as parents to children. Indeed, it is deeper even than that. In our pain, Jesus is pained; in our suffering, he feels the suffering as his own even though it isn’t—

When the relationship goes sour, when the feelings of futility come flooding in, when it feels like life is passing us by, when it seems that our one shot at significance has slipped through our fingers, when we can’t sort out our emotions, when the longtime friend lets us down, when a family member betrays us, when we feel deeply misunderstood, when we are laughed at by the impressive—in short, when the fallenness of the world closes in on us and makes us want to throw in the towel—there, right there, we have a Friend who knows exactly what such testing feels like, and sits close to us, embraces us. With us. Solidarity.

Our tendency is to feel intuitively that the more difficult life gets, the more alone we are. As we sink further into pain, we sink further into felt isolation. The Bible corrects us. Our pain never outstrips what he himself shares in. We are never alone.

May the presence of Jesus bring wholeness and healing to your hearts!

How can you pray for us?

–Please continue to pray for our children to know, follow, and serve Jesus. They all are at times in their lives when change comes quickly and opportunities to display the love of Jesus become available.

–Pray for the health of several family members who are facing physical problems. My parents are all getting a bit older and face the challenges that brings.

–Pray that I will be faithful in sharing Jesus with my friends and neighbors, as my church involvement lessens and as my body slows down. My feet/legs continue to feel like blocks of wood below the knee and my hands experience much increased sensitivity and pain. This is the reason I am doing less computer work. Yet, I still want to exalt Jesus by praying for and encouraging others.

–Pray for us to experience God’s provision for our daily bread. As you can relate to, inflation has hit us hard with our fixed income which is actually decreasing because I am preaching less.

That being said, even with my feeble fingers and lack of technical skills, I am going to start selling books on Amazon. The only thing I have of value is my library. I sold some books in previous years, but I need to sell the remainder now. If you are interested in finding Jesus in the Scriptures and serving Him in your daily living, I have resources for you! I will have more details when I figure it all out. Message me if you are interested. I am going to start with the sale of my commentaries and other study aides.

How can I pray for you? Please let me know. We love and appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com


…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 ESV)

Friends, we hope you understand this important truth – if you belong to Jesus, His Spirit pours God’s love into our hearts! In this season of celebrating love, may His love fill your hearts. May His love overflow from your hearts so that it spills out on others. May His love cast out all your fear. May His love make you feel secure as you rest in His everlasting arms.

I apologize for not publishing a January newsletter. I struggle with fatigue and keyboarding is very difficult as my hands become less functional. For those of you new to our newsletter, let me explain a little of my own experience. I am diagnosed with severe axonopathic polyneuropathy.  My feet have no feeling left, and my ankles and lower legs are severely numb.  I am unable to drive. My hands have constant pain and numbness which greatly impact my fine motor skills.  Yet, through this trial God has proven Himself faithful time and time again.

I probably will not write monthly updates anymore, but will try to touch base with those we love when I am able. The wonderful pastor now serving at our church is preaching regularly, enabling me to only preach twice a month. This year, I will be focusing on the beautiful supremacy of Jesus Christ as is seen in the book of Hebrews. Speaking of our church, one of the pillars of the church passed into the arms of Jesus this past month. Please pray for us, as our small congregation will dearly miss her.

Would you also pray for our families? We have loved ones on my side and Leah’s side of the family who are enduring overwhelming physical challenges right now. Please pray!

Our kids (and their spouses) are doing well, even though COVID has remained a great challenge. Please pray for them to grow daily in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and to love and serve Him faithfully.

Leah has had some terrific doctor visits lately. Her kidneys are not getting worse, and may even be improving slightly, even after we were told her kidney failure was permanent and irreversible. Her heart and blood pressure are doing well. Her pain and stomach trouble continues, but she manages them with grace. Please pray for her to experience a new level of divine health from Jesus.

Leah and I are taking time to listen to some old CDs and cassettes. We are enjoying songs that were such an important part of our faith journey over the years. Many times I am brought to tears as we listen to incredible lyrics and as we remember all that God has brought us through. Our family is also slowly working our way through the terrific book by Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly. I encourage you to read it. We are learning so much about the heart of our Savior. Please pray for the members of the three churches that we gave multiple copies of the books to, that they would be blessed as much as we are being blessed.

Also pray for our neighbors. I pray for 127 surrounding households (5 per day). So many of them are new to the neighborhood. We were able to give Christmas cards and small gifts to our 60 closest neighborhood families. Pray for us to truly bless them as we share the love and truth of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In am so burdened for so many of you! I hear some of your stories of heartache and trial. I am praying for you. How can I pray for you? Please let me know.

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com


Friends and family,

Merry Christmas! During this season of celebrating the birth of our Savior we want you to know we thank Him often that He has blessed us with friends like you. May His presence and peace be very real to this Christmas and in the New Year. We love you and appreciate you!

Here are some words from our beautiful daughters:

Rebekah and Tim

Tim and I have been loving this advent season as we get to focus on Jesus coming to earth as a baby to save us! Tim recently got a promotion at work and he has a lot of extra responsibility, but he continues to do it for Jesus and to share the Gospel with those around him. I recently planned a multi-cultural party for my homeless clients where I was able to incorporate the real meaning of Christmas and even Scripture into the decor! We wish everyone a merry Christmas and pray you get to experience the love of Jesus in a new way this season! ❤️

**Enjoy this picture of Tim and Rebekah at Tim’s work Christmas party. They are happy because they love each other and also won an espresso machine.

Victoria and Noah

Hello from the Greenawalts! We hope you are having a year filled with God’s love and peace. Noah is still enjoying his position as senior administrative IT technician at his work! I am still teaching K-12 music at my school, and have become general manager of the music school/store in town. We hope that this next year is great for you, and will continue to pray the Lord’s blessings over you. God Bless!!

Maria (here with her friend Elizabeth)

I just recently finished this past semester of school and I kept up my 4.0 GPA. I only have 2 semesters left, so I will be graduating December of 2022. Other than school, I don’t have much going on, which is a good thing because that means I have plenty of time to relax or hang out with friends 🙂.

What a blessing our daughters are to us. And we are so thankful for sons-in-law who love our girls.

We hope you had an advent season full of the remembrance of our Lord’s first coming that helped you anxiously await His return. We have enjoyed celebrating with the traditional advent themes:

  1. Hope (Prophecy Candle). Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45
  2. Peace (Bethlehem Candle). But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
  3. Joy (Shepherd Candle). And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
  4. Love (Angel Candle). And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13–14. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
  5. Faith (Christ Candle). The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8–10

Advent means, “coming,” or “waiting.” The idea is that God is sending something worth waiting for! The prophet Isaiah, some 700+ years before the birth of the Messiah, proclaimed that a very special baby would be born who would be a light in the incredible darkness the world found itself in. This helpless baby would actually be the answer to the mess that men and women had made for themselves. This baby was so special, he would be born miraculously to a virgin. He needed four names to describe His greatness: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. The baby’s adoptive father, Joseph, was told by an angelic messenger to name the boy another name, Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins.” That promised baby was truly worth waiting for!

Jesus is truly the ultimate answer for all we face in life. He came the first time that first Christmas. After His atoning death and glorious resurrection, He ascended to heaven. While seated upon His heavenly throne, He now works in this world through the lives of His redeemed people. He is coming again to set up His eternal Kingdom based in a new heaven and a new earth. He is still worth waiting for!

Please continue to pray for us that in all things Jesus would be exalted. Pray for health and contentment. Pray for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus daily. And pray for us that we would love God and our neighbor well, as we are filled by the Holy Spirit.

How can we pray for you? Please let me know.

Merry Christmas!!!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com


Dear friends, how thankful we are for you. In this season of giving thanks, when we think of you, we thank God for you!

Lately, I have been doing a lot of reading in the areas of counseling, anxiety, depression, and trauma. One common factor in all of my study has been the importance of being thankful for good mental health. This certainly fits with the teaching of Scripture.

The Bible is filled with the command to give thanks to God. Here are a few examples:

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:28).

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Col. 3:15).

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col. 4:2).

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done” (1 Chron. 16:8).

“When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, ‘He is good; His love endures forever’” (2 Chron. 7:3).

“In that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted’” (Isa. 12:4).

Scripture teaches that one of the key elements in man’s rebellion against God is ingratitude. Paul wrote, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom. 1:21). Not being thankful to our God who is the source of all good and all blessing leads to rebellion against His rule and reign in our lives.

Every good and perfect gift come from Him! Every spiritual blessing is found in Christ! He deserves our gratitude and our praise. And once again, we thank Him for you!

And I am incredibly thankful for my dear wife of 35 years (on November 15th)! We had a nice time reminiscing about all God has blessed us with over the years. Leah is such a gift to me! I thank God for her and her love. I know I share the same pictures of our beginning as a couple, but I don’t have many pictures, so here they are again! Notice how beautiful my bride was then. She is even more beautiful today.

I am also thankful for the wonderful congregation of the Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Five years ago this January, I drove out to share God’s Word with a congregation I had never met. They instantly became dear friends and I have preached there ever since. Because of my health and my inability to drive, I have been limited in just how much I could serve this great group of Christ-followers. My prayer from day one has been that God would send His called one who would not just be able to preach, but who could shepherd the community as well as the congregation. God has answered that prayer by sending a wonderful local pastoral couple who have worshipped with ACPC for almost a year. They are gifted and have a deep commitment to the church family and to Appleton. They will be taking over as lead shepherds at the start of 2022. I will assist in pulpit supply a few times a month, but this dear couple will now take the reigns. I am thankful to God for them!

Here’s how you can pray for us.

  1. Several family members are sick with COVID. Please pray to our loving Great Physician on their behalf.
  2. Please pray for the transition at the church, that God would be glorified!
  3. Please pray for our family to represent Jesus well as we interact with our neighbors, especially through this holiday season. We have plans to show our neighbors we love and appreciate them. May Jesus be exalted!
  4. Please pray for our family, as we will be separated this Christmas.
  5. Please pray for God’s provision, as we will start 2022 with less income and greater expenditures. Part of this comes from my switch from Medicaid to Medicare. I also will be making less as I am preaching less. Combined with rising inflation, we need desperately need God’s intervention. Pray that we will never doubt His faithfulness.

Please pray for us. And let us know how to pray for you. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com


I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

Family and friends, I begin this newsletter with a passage I often quote. I do so because this is Pastor Appreciation month. I want to make public that I have great respect and admiration for the many I know who are faithful servants of Jesus Christ. You serve selflessly and courageously. I want to say “thank you” to those who represent Jesus so well by lovingly serving not only those in their local church family, but also those in their neighborhoods and communities. You are heroes! Some of you humbly serve in very public ministries in larger congregations. Some of you faithfully serve in relative anonymity in smaller settings. As Paul stated, I am so thankful for you! I pray for you with joy! I partner with you as we share the common task of making Christ known! I so love and appreciate you because of what you do in our Great Savior’s Name!

My heart also is deeply burdened for the growing number I know who have shepherds’ hearts who for various reasons are no longer in the ministry positions they once held. This month is hard for you. Many of you did not receive much appreciation as you lovingly shepherded a people who maybe didn’t even want you around. You were a threat to someone’s power, but now that you are removed, they remain in power and you stand on the sidelines. You left with a damaged heart but are more concerned for your family members who have deeper wounds than you. I am praying for you today. I love you and appreciate you and am here for you if you ever want to talk.

I praise the Lord for His faithful love to my family. My girls and their families are all doing well. Maria takes an important test this weekend that is necessary for her to begin her student teaching. She is so excited! God is good. I am so thankful for my girls and their families.

Leah continues to be a model of faithfulness as she exhibits for our family what a godly woman looks like. Her prayer life is amazing! While she often has trouble sleeping at night, she spends her restless evenings lifting you before God’s throne of grace. I am so thankful for her.

I continue to preach on Sundays to a wonderfully receptive congregation. I am excited about possible ways to reach out to my neighborhood as the holidays approach. I pray often for the needs of my friends and family. I am burdened by the trials and tribulations we see in this world, but am so thankful for our Sovereign Lord who remains in complete control. I also thank God that while my disability continues to slowly progress, the work of healing and sanctification that is taking place in my life greatly offsets any physical decline. Maria chauffeurs me to our local college and high school football games as she is able. I still love sports and have been spoiled with the success of the Bucks, Brewers, and Packers.

I close with a powerful word from the passage above: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. This is true for you. You may be active in a current ministry. You may be one who no longer carries a title. But a truth I rest upon for my family and I is also true for you. God begins the work in us. He continues that work until completion. God is still working in all of you to fulfill His plans and His purposes. For that I am thankful.

If you get a chance, send me an email letting me know you read these updates. Sometimes I wonder if I should continue to write them as I don’t know if anyone actually reads these words.

How can I pray for you today? Please let me know.

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com

LORD God of Salvation

O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. (Psalm 88:1 ESV)

YHWH Elohim Yeshua, thank You that You are our salvation! You see our plight and hear our cries, and You act on our behalf. You do not treat us as our sins deserve, but instead graciously offer us redemption through the finished work of the cross. Thank you for binding up the hearts of the brokenhearted.  May we run to You and trust in You for salvation today.

LORD God of Hosts

You, LORD God of hosts, are God of Israel. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah (Psalm 59:5 ESV)

YHWH Elohim Tsaba, LORD God of Hosts, thank you for being the victorious leader of the heavenly armies. You defeat all Your enemies with ease. Thank You for standing up to evil and for righting the wrongs so many experience. Thank You for defending us. May we march under Your banner. May we make sure we are on Your side, rather than demanding that You be on our side. Thank You for Your peace and power that accompany Your Presence. Thank You for being with us as we daily deal with our enemies and battles.

The LORD God of Retribution

For the Lord is going to devastate Babylon; he will silence her mighty voice. Their waves roar like a huge torrent; the tumult of their voice resounds, for a destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon. Her warriors will be captured, their bows shattered, for the Lord is a God of retribution; he will certainly repay. — Jeremiah 51:55-56 (CSB)

YHWH El Gemuwal, LORD God of Retribution, we live in a world where we are often bullied, damaged, and disrespected by others. Forgive us when we try to take our own revenge. May we instead trust that You are a holy God who will judge all evil. You are a God who sees us when we are hurt and because You love us, You will act on our behalf one day. You will repay. And Lord, we realize that we are also among those who sin against others. We deserve your punishment. Thank You that Jesus was punished in our place, and that we can be forgiven of all we have done through Him.

HEINEN HAPPENINGS – September 2021

Friends, I just have a short update for you this month. I will not give you info about our wonderful girls, other than asking you to pray for Rebekah, who works to get homeless people into housing in New Jersey. She and Tim are safe after severe weather hit their area, but she is very concerned about her clients. Please pray!

I took a good chunk of August away from social media. When I heard reports of others doing this, I was blessed to hear of the refreshment of their souls that they experienced. My time off was not like that. COVID resurgence. Haiti. Afghanistan. Ida. Fires and floods in our nation and violence and persecution around the world. These things gripped my heart and burdened my soul. It seemed as if I was entering a deep season of intense intercession and spiritual warfare. Other health and financial issues added to the weight. I focused on the holiness of God during this time, and was overwhelmed by the idea of His sovereignty. Nothing in this world overwhelms Him. I want to stay closely connected to Him through these incredibly difficult days.

Let me just leave you with a few verses I posted in recent prayer updates:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28–30)

I trust this divine invitation will remind you of the love Jesus has for you and His desire for you to not be overwhelmed by all you face today. These words are the basis of Dane Ortlund’s masterful Gentle and Lowly, a book that we were able to get into the hands of the families of three churches in our area, due to the generosity of the publisher. I encourage you to get a copy.

Please pray for us. And let us know how to pray for you. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com

LORD God of Truth

Into your hand I entrust my spirit; you have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth. — Psalms 31:5 (CSB)

YHWH El Emeth, LORD God of Truth, we live in a world where everyone does what is right in his/her own eyes, choosing their own version of “truth.” We are surrounded by confusion that breeds fear. The father of lies and his forces continue to spread deception. In this chaos, we so desperately need to submit to Your viewpoint on all that is happening. Thank You for sending the Spirit of Truth to guide us into all Truth. Thank You that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Guide us into all truth today for Your glory we pray.


Friends and family,

How we appreciate you and hope you had a terrific summer! Oconto High School Class of 1981, I am so sorry I was not able to see you at our reunion. I am sure it was wonderful catching up. I hope to see you at the 50th!

We celebrated Maria’s 20th birthday on August 2nd. I don’t think she realizes what a blessing she is to Leah and myself. She is a great friend and always brings such joy to our lives. Here are a few pics I borrowed from Rebekah, one recent and one from a few years ago. Wish her a belated Happy Birthday if you get a chance.

For over four years, I have done weekly pulpit supply for the incredible congregation at the Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Other than taking a few weeks off due to COVID, I don’t think I missed more than a week or two over the years. I am taking the next three weeks off. A gifted gentleman from the church will be sharing God’s Word during this time. I am also taking some time off of social media. If I miss wishing you a “Happy Birthday” on Facebook, I apologize. I am taking some time to simply seek Jesus. I can’t wait!

It is so easy to slip into the “I must make a difference” trap. Since I was a teen, I always wanted to make a difference for Jesus. I went to Last Days Ministries because I thought they were making a difference. I then received my ministry training at college thinking I would make a difference by becoming a missionary. When Leah and couldn’t go overseas due to health reasons, I became a pastor hoping to make a difference in the lives of my church family and community. In the process, it was always easy to make “making a difference” a higher priority than loving Jesus Christ and living simply to give Him glory. There is nothing wrong with “making a difference,” as long as it remains a byproduct of our pure devotion to Jesus. It is just too easy to have the priorities get mixed up.

To be honest, looking back over the years I don’t think I really made much of a difference in our world, in my denominational family, in my communities, or even in my local churches. Now that I am homebound, I have no real opportunities to make a difference, other than preaching weekly to one wonderful but small congregation. Yet, I can still love Jesus. I can still talk to Him and listen to Him. I can still intercede about the real important matters that are near to His heart. And in the process, I can do what really matters most.

As I was praying for my high school friends, I thought of the verses I used as the basis of my graduation speech four decades ago:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12–14 ESV)

May we all press on toward that same goal together!

Please pray for us!

–Leah and I both need God’s strength for our daily lives. Please pray for Leah’s health, especially her constant stomach pain she experiences in large part to the medication she takes.

–I need to lose weight to ease the burden on my weary body. It is very difficult not being able to exercise, except while sitting in a chair. Fatigue is always a problem.

–Since we are on Medicaid, our insurance coverage seems to be constantly changing. This complicates our medical care and makes it difficult financially. I will be placed on Medicare in the next few months. Please pray for God’s provision.

–Please pray for our many friends and family who are very sick with COVID. Arkansas has been hard hit with this most recent wave. Even children are getting quite sick.

–Please pray for us as we have the privilege of praying for others. Pray we will be faithful.

How can we pray for you? Please let us know. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com


We hope you had a terrific Independence Day celebration surrounded by family and friends. Leah and I were so blessed to have Rebekah and Tim here from New Jersey. Victoria and Noah were able to join us, as did Maria and her college roommate. Our church hosted an ice cream social on the 3rd, and the 4th was filled with grilling and fireworks. Leah and I have not gotten out much, but did the best we could to enjoy our time with family. Both Leah and I were able to go to the local fireworks show, which is a big deal for us.

While we are thankful for the freedoms we have in our land, we are even more thankful for the freedoms we have in Jesus Christ. He has been so good to us. In recent days, we have faced some challenging physical obstacles, but He has been faithful! We are blessed to have teams of doctors who truly listen and try to work together to help us. Of course, we rejoice that all this happens under the loving care of our Sovereign Great Physician.

After a difficult season of COVID, our church participated in the Appleton Homecoming, which included softball games, live music, food, a cake walk, a parade, our Sunday morning service (where 70 people filled our tiny sanctuary), and the Appleton Revival, which took place in the newly refurbished community building. While we don’t live in Appleton, the wonderful people of this small mountain hamlet always make us feel a part. I don’t have the energy or the health to actively be a shepherd in the community, but I am thankful for all that God is doing among a special group of people. Maria graciously drives me to Appleton on Sunday mornings so I can preach.

I also was able to participate virtually in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Council. The Alliance has been my family for many years, and I rejoice in all that God is doing through this Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family. While I am no longer an active part of the Alliance, I pray continually for my brothers and sisters who are being used in such great ways for God’s glory.

There is so much that God is teaching us about Himself in this season of our lives. Above all else, He is shattering misconceptions about Himself that American Christianity has tried to get us to embrace. He is so much greater than our western version of Him portrays! The more we break free from the cultural lies that surround us, the more we see the Biblical Christ. This part of our journey has resulted in greater joy, freedom, and peace for us as we focus on Christ without distraction.

We are learning to value the things that are really important. Two small lessons illustrate this. Our hot water heater, along with our main water valve, both went out, leaving us without water for a week. We also had a hidden but major oil leak in our car that fried our alternator and a large part of our electrical system. This left us without a car for over a week. Not having these things helped us see what is really essential to our lives and helped us to pray for those around the world who don’t enjoy the many things we call necessities. It has been a joy to pray for the wounded, lost, and lonely. There is so much heartache in our world, but our God and His grace are so much greater than our pain and suffering.

How can we pray for you? Please let us know. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com

HEINEN HAPPENINGS – April/May/June 2021

Friends, I must apologize for my delay in sending out an update. Fatigue and fingers that don’t want to work keep me from spending time at the computer keyboard.

Because of my delay, I am late in wishing my mother, stepmother, and the mother of my children a Happy Mother’s Day. They are all worthy of honor! Leah also had a birthday, as do my stepfather and father.

Let me just say publicly that Leah is an an incredible blessing to myself and my daughters! She is a woman of deep faith and deep love. I honor her. Please continue to pray for her health and strength. She remains faithful through it all.

We will have the family together in late June. Rebekah, and a few days later her husband, Tim, are coming to visit us in Arkansas. We can’t wait! Victoria and her husband, Noah, are celebrating their first wedding anniversary with a quick trip to Branson. Victoria is finishing up her first schoolyear. She recently did a very cute virtual play with her elementary kids. Maria is very happy that her semester is over. She is a gifted student who works very hard. This past semester is considered the most difficult of her major, and she did great, even with the added challenges of COVID.

I am struggling greatly with fatigue. I am sure some of this is related to medication, but I speculate that some of it is related to the constant stimulation of my nerves. It is getting harder to use my hands. I am increasingly avoiding social media and cable news and am spending more time meditating on God’s Word. I cannot handle the constant stimulation of negativity and division that sometimes floods my eyes and ears. I am also enjoying reading more, as my tired eyes allow. I need to give you a list of what I have been reading in a future update. Let me say, while sickness is an enemy in so many ways, our Sovereign Lord has allowed me to experience a great season of freedom and peace through His indwelling presence as a result of going through the trials I face daily. He is so good!

I am looking forward to participating in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Council as a virtual delegate. The Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church family, who graciously allow Maria and I to worship with them, have their annual homecoming in the next few weeks. They have a lot to celebrate, being established as a congregation in 1856. Following this will be the annual Appleton Revival. I am scheduled to preach one night of the four. Please pray for these important events, that God will be glorified and that I will have the strength to participate.

I apologize for the lack of pictures and Scripture. Here is a song to enjoy from Alliance Worship. Worship Jesus with me today!

How can we pray for you? Please contact me and let me know. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com


Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion — to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

This beautiful passage from Isaiah describes the ministry of the Messiah, the promised King that God would send to make this sin-damaged world right again. We have seen how this King is also viewed by Isaiah as the great Servant, who would serve the broken by dying for them to redeem them. The Servant is our substitute who while innocent, took upon Himself the judgment of God for the transgressions that we committed. By taking our sin and its consequence on Himself, we can be reconciled to God, actually becoming part of His family.

This passage shows us what it looks like to be broken, but then redeemed. Our wounded hearts are mended and it is our slavery to sin that is now broken. When the Messiah comes, He will usher in a Year of Jubilee” (the year of the Lord’s favor”), which is a time for slaves to be set free, for debts to be cancelled, and for God’s people and God’s world to experience the Sabbath rest that is so desperately needed. The freedom of Jubilee results in divine comfort and gladness instead of the mourning and sadness we experience in this world.

At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus read from this prophetic passage of hope and said these words, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Friend, Jesus is the One you have been waiting for. He is the King who will set you free from your sin and invite you to be part of the royal family. He is the Servant who will bring His peace (shalom) to your heal your brokenness and who will fill your anxious life with His rest. He is the Messiah who will bless your life with comfort and gladness. He is truly worthy of your praise and worship. He is worthy of your life. Turn to Him today.


Friends, as we approach Easter, may God fill your hearts with the wonder of Christ’s atoning death and victorious resurrection. May that wonder turn to a lifestyle of worship that honors God before all people.

Our family continues to be amazed at the faithful love of our Creator. Maria works hard at school and is an exceptional student at Arkansas Tech University. Victoria and her hubby, Noah, are celebrating married life together as Noah enjoys his tech job at a large Little Rock law firm and Victoria continues to try to find her footing as a first year music/choir teacher during a season of COVID. Rebekah and her husband Tim continue to impact people for Jesus in New Jersey, Tim as an addiction counselor and Rebekah as a social worker serving the homeless. Here is a picture from Rebekah’s team:

Leah and I continue to face some health challenges, but we both are so thankful for God’s sustaining grace and for the mercy He shows us, often through His people.

I admit to being encouraged greatly when I spend time with my Savior and burdened to the point of breathlessness when I view social media and television. I expect people who don’t know Christ to be confused, divided, and angry, but I am disheartened when I see the so-called Body of Christ act in even more extreme ways. When I am overwhelmed, I rant to Leah for a time and then run to God’s Word to refresh my soul.

With my human eyes, I do not see anything in western Christendom to give me hope. As I think ahead, humanly-speaking, I cannot see real solutions regarding racial division, economic disparity, the divide between men and women, and the number of young people turning from orthodoxy to a more progressive faith. I see many giving loud opinions but few able to listen to the opinions of others. I see people base their values and ideas on feelings, human traditions, cultural norms, opinion polls – everything except the authoritative Word of God. People on all sides of all the issues act like Jesus is on their side. Then I read this familiar passage:

When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:13–15 ESV)

I will seek not to make Jesus a member of my tribe, whatever that tribe may be. I choose to be part of Team Jesus. Let me give you a simple reminder – Jesus is NOT on your side. Are you on His?

When I remove my gaze from the problems of this world and again fix my eyes on Jesus, I fall on my face before Him in worship. I remove my shoes covered by the dust of this world because the ground where I meet Him is holy. I am filled with the wonder that even if all Christendom fails, the gates of hades will not prevail against His Church. And I praise the Sovereign One who’s plans and purposes will never be thwarted by all the craziness of this world.

–Praise God with us for His grace extended to our family. Leah and I remain COVID-free!

–The invitation to the online Christianity Explored class has not received much interest. Please pray that we will have wisdom to know if we should use this tool to introduce friends to the great news of who Jesus is, why He came, and how we can respond to Him. Email me if you have interest and would like to join us for this 7-week experience.

–With the nicer weather, I am enjoying opportunities to talk to my neighbors as I sit on my porch and pray. Please pray for opportunities to specifically pray for them, to care for them with Christ’s love in practical ways, and open doors to share the life-transforming gospel of Jesus with them.

–The online trauma healing group is also still in the waiting phase. Please pray we will have wisdom to know if this is the right time to start. Message me if you would like to participate in this group to help those wounded by trauma. Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 34:18 – The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

–I am hosting a prayer conference call Wednesday nights at 7 PM Central. If you would like to pray using Scripture as our guide, join us. We will try to be done close to 7:30. The prayer conference call will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM Central. 1) To get to the call, dial 1-717-275-8940. 2) Enter the access code when you are instructed, 7003453#. 3) Please mute yourself by pressing *6 if you want to just listen or if you have background noise from where you are calling. To unmute yourself in order to pray out loud, hit *6. When you are finished, please mute yourself once again by hitting *6. Please join us!

The Christian and Missionary Alliance shared a video I think will encourage you. Enjoy these wise words from A.W. Tozer:

How can we pray for you? Please contact me and let me know. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com


The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin… .” (Exodus 34:6–7 ESV)

Dear friends, I thought I would start with a powerful reminder of the steadfast love God has for His people. The video highlights part of this most-often quoted passage. The question for us is, “Are you part of His covenant people experiencing His love?”

Our family has been so blessed by our Lord, often through His people.

–Leah, Maria, and I have eluded the virus. Family members who were quite sick are recovering. God loves us so!

–Our girls are all doing well, even with the unique challenges they face due to COVID. God loves us so!

–We are hanging on financially, even though we face some big obstacles as a result of not working for over a year-and-a-half. We were able to satisfy some creditors due to the unexpected generosity of God’s people. God loves us so!

–Even in the midst of a pandemic, we continue to enjoy getting to know our neighbors, welcoming new friends to the neighborhood, and enjoying deepening friendships with others. Our neighborhood Facebook page is up and running and I am blessed to pray for 83 neighboring households, five per day. God loves us so!

–An online Christianity Explored class is in the planning stages to introduce friends to the great news of who Jesus is, why He came, and how we can respond to Him. Email me if you would like to join us for this 7-week experience. God loves us so!

–An online trauma healing group is also being started. One church leader recently said that the largest mission group to reach right now is those who have suffered traumatic experiences. Message me if you would like to participate in this group to help those wounded by trauma. God loves us so!

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 34:18 – The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

–God continually reminds us that He welcomes us into His presence so we can experience His love. God loves us so!

–Maria and I enjoy fellowshipping with the wonderful people of the Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This historic church continues to minister even while the virus rages. God loves us so!

How can we pray for you? Please contact me and let me know. We so appreciate you!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com   brheinen1@gmail.com

Genesis 48

Genesis 48 begins a several chapter account describing Jacob blessing his children before he dies. The idea of blessing is a complicated one. God blesses men. Oh, to think that the omnipotent, omniscient God pours out His grace upon us in this life and in the life to come. Lord, bless us today!

Sometimes men bless each other, as when the priests would echo these beautiful words: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24–26 ESV) May you be thus blessed today!

Men can bless God, acknowledging His attributes and proclaiming their thanks and praise for who He is and what He has done. He is worthy! Bless His Holy Name!

One of the most unusual uses of this word is when a man, perhaps a parent or patriarch, blesses his family under the spirit of prophecy, proclaiming the future of his descendants. That is what we see here.

In chapter 48, Joseph, actually Joseph’s sons, receive the double-portion blessing of the firstborn. While Joseph is the firstborn of Jacob’s favorite wife, Reuben is actually the firstborn son. God’s plans do not always line up with man’s traditions. Fittingly, Joseph’s second son receives the blessing of the firstborn from Jacob’s hand.

May my children be blessed by God with a special knowledge of Him, and may they rest in His love and live for His glory all the days of their lives! And may you be blessed by God today, also.

Read Genesis 48

Genesis 47

Previously we have seen a tearful reunion between Jacob and his son Joseph, whom Jacob thought was dead. Now Jacob and his large family have escaped worldwide famine by going to live with Joseph in Egypt. Egypt was a place of escape and refuge for Abraham years before, and becomes a place of escape for young Jesus and his family centuries later. Looking ahead in the story, this place of refuge becomes a place of bondage for Jacob’s family when a Pharaoh of a different dynastic family takes the throne.

The rest of the starving world came to Egypt for food and ended up selling their livestock, their lands, and ultimately themselves as debt-slaves to Pharaoh. Jacob and his family are blessed with the gain of the land of Goshen, a fertile area perfect for raising their sheep. The Egyptians are not keen on visiting their shepherd-neighbors, as they hold shepherds in lowest regard, so the people of Israel are able to remain separate from those who worship pagan gods.

Genesis 47

Genesis 46

After a tearful reunion with his brothers in Genesis 45, in chapter 46 Joseph has an even more tear-filled reunion with his father, who for decades thought his son was dead. Nearing the end of his life, Jacob has doubts about making the journey from Canaan to Egypt, but God once again appears to him in a dream reminding Jacob that He will be with him, even in Egypt.

Read Genesis 46

Genesis 45

In Genesis 45, we enter the incredible story of Jacob’s son, Joseph. God passed down His promise from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob. We now see how Jacob’s twelve sons are also part of His promise and plan.

Just as there was great competition between Isaac and Ishmael, and then Jacob and Esau, Joseph’s brothers resented him for being the favorite son of their father. They sold him into slavery in Egypt and told their father he had been killed. While Joseph experienced betrayal, imprisonment, false accusation, and being forgotten, God caused him to gain favor with the most powerful man in the world, the Pharaoh.

When a terrible famine came upon the known world, Egypt, under Joseph’s direction, became a source of help to all who were suffering. Jacob’s sons traveled to Egypt for refuge, and through elaborate circumstances came to see that the one they ran to for help was none other than the brother they sold.

In a tear-filled reunion, Joseph makes it clear that God was in control of all things and even worked through their sinful choices to provide for their blessing, provision, and protection. God worked everything together to make sure His promise and plan would be fulfilled.

When we see how God was acting in the life of Joseph, how are we encouraged to face our own suffering?

Read Genesis 45

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