welcome – a prophetic word just for you today

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome, if it is your first visit to the site. I trust that you will enjoy reading and noting the contents and benefit enormously from the material presented. If you visit often, thank you very much. It gives me some pleasure to know that what is presented is being of service to you to bless others.

If you will look at the left hand side of the page you will see and note, select category. Place your cursor there and it will give you a list of many categories on this site. Click on any subject and it will provide much material relating to the subject. It is a library of contents that has been placed on the site for over three years. There is much material for you to see, note and use as desired.

I have been a Christian minister for over fifty years and now in my retirement am engaged in encouraging all who are in the later stage of life still to be active for the Lord in releasing the spiritual potential still waiting to be released with much blessing. God’s will for us is that we shall be possessed by divine zeal and usefulness. May we who lead others have such a passion and commitment.

A PROPHETIC WORD JUST FOR YOU TODAY

All that you have is what you have freely and fully received from your Lord, your life in its expression and possession has all come from His gracious and generous hand. He has bountifully and beautifully blessed and ornamented you in so many ways so that you may express in similar fashion and measure your love and appreciation of and to Him. Today is an added opportunity to once more demonstrate in a potent manner your love not only to Him but to all around. Just reckon on today and see that you make maximum contribution to Him, your family, friends and others in caring and sharing yourself and goods so that you leave a trail of benevolence. This is what will make the next hours precious and fulfilling; overflowing with His goodness and kindness and so making a difference and producing untold transformation.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson

BECOMING POSSIBLE

The teacher asked her class what each wanted to become when they grew “President.” “A fireman.” “A teacher.” One by one they answered until ‘ came Billy’s turn. The teacher asked, “Billy, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “Possible,” Billy responded. “Possible?” asked the teacher.

“Yes,” Billy said, “my mom is always telling me I’m impossible. When I grow up I want to become possible.”

IT’S TOUGH TO BE A SAINT

Young Brian, age five, had been told the story of the “pillar-monk,” Symeon the Stylite, in Sunday school. He was captivated by this godly man’s approach to seeking G0d’s approval. Early Monday morning he decided to imitate Symeon.

He placed the kitchen stool on top of the table and climbed to perilous perch and began his journey toward sainthood. Mother, entering kitchen, interrupted his holy pilgrimage by explaining, “Brian, get down that stool before you break your neck.” Brian complied but went storming ‘from the room announcing, “You can’t even become a saint in your own home!”

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healing and miracle testimonies

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Rev. E. Anderson

‘I SAW ANGELS THEN CAME BACK TO LIFE’

 

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Does God still raise the dead? Don Houston claims he’s living proof that he does. Matthew Murray reports

A man whose heart stopped beating while he slept has claimed that he witnessed angels and spoke to God before miraculously waking up in hospital and recovering.

Don Houston, 62, who has a history of heart trouble, shared his story after recovering from the serious illness just before Christmas in 2012.

He said that while he was unconscious in an Oklahoma City hospital – with only machines keeping him breathing – he entered a white room before witnessing a parade of angels.

“It was just white,” he told his local KFOR TV station. “Everything was so surreal, so peaceful. It was not a dream. It was so real. I mean it was real. Angels were there. God spoke to me.”

An angel showed him two doors and he was escorted through the ‘door of second chances’, he says.

“The angel said, ‘Don, come with me.’ “We went through the doorway that she said and as soon as we went through that door I started hearing, ‘Don, Mr Houston

It was doctors and nurses.” The vivid experience took place after his wife Rita awoke in the night to the sounds of his death rattle and found he was not breathing and that his tongue was sticking out. Mr Houston says: “I never suspected I’d go to bed and die, but I did.” Rita frantical­ly called 911 and dispatchers gave her life-saving CPR instructions over the phone. Paramedics Frankie Burch and Carey Crump rushed to the scene, where they needed to use a defibrillator on three occasions to stabilise Don’s heartbeat. He was rushed to hospital in critical condi­tion and taken to the intensive care unit – but doctors were uncertain if he would regain consciousness.

“A doctor came out and said there was no response,” Rita says. “I asked the ER doctor if we could go pray for him.

Don and Rita Houston with paramedics Frankie Burch and Carey Crump because I didn’t want to hear any more. He said yes. We went in and prayed.”

But to everyone’s shock, Don awoke -with the vivid story describing where he had been.

Mr Houston, a committed Christian, said that he is now inspired to tell people there is life after death.

“I do know for a fact there is something out there and you’re not alone,” he says.

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great stories

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Rev. E. Anderson

TAKING ‘NO’ FOR AN ANSWER

by Ben Patterson

Sometimes it’s not the answer you want.

One of the bitterest pills I’ve ever had to swallow in my life was the failure of a magazine publishing business I tried to start some years ago. I struggled to make a go of it. I worked long hours, never really leaving the job. I made personal sacrifices and forced hardships on my family and friends.

Though I slipped deeper into debt and misery, I held on like a bulldog, believing that 1 must not give up, no matter what hap­pened. When economic necessity finally forced me to abandon the venture, I felt guilty: maybe I had quit too soon, maybe there was one more thing I should have done — one, crucial thing that could have made the difference. For months I stewed about it.

Today, a long time later, I can look back and see a lot of the mis­takes I made. Many of them had to do with the way I handled the business. But my biggest mistake was my attitude. I could not accept being denied something so important to me. I could not accept the possibility that the final answer to all my efforts was ‘no’. Now I can see that I would have saved myself a lot of heartache, my family a lot of hardship, and some friends and relatives a considerable amount of financial investment if I had been able to accept that answer.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that ‘no’ is the answer to many propositions that the human mind can come up with. Not wishing to repeat past mistakes, I have learned how to accept that no without lingering regrets or crippling frustration.

Here’s what I do:

1. I acknowledge that there is such a thing as ‘the impossible’. AJ friend and former colleague had a saying I often remember. At first! I merely thought it was amusing; now I see the wisdom in it. ‘They] said it couldn’t be done,’ my friend would tell me with a look of 1 determination. Then he would wink and say, ‘So I said the heck j with it.’ There are some things that cannot be done (at least by me).

I can never become a concert pianist or a premier league footballer, no matter how hard I try. I don’t fight the fact or resent it. I simply j acknowledge it.

2. Remember that few things go according to plan. Just as the‘. poet Robert Burns wrote, the ‘best laid schemes o’ mice and men’ often do go astray. Life seldom turns out precisely the way we want i it. It is filled with disappointments. Maybe that’s not all bad. Columbus was determined to find a shortcut to Asia and failed. But if things had gone according to his plan, would he have discovered America?

3. Trust that things will work out for the best. The Bible says, ‘We know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans.’ Like countless other believers, I have clung to that reassuring verse. Over and over it has proved itself true. Within six months of the collapse of my business, I was offered a job that was to become the most satisfying, the most worthwhile, the best job in my career. In many ways it changed my life. It showed me how God can work everything out for the good.

4. Get started on something else. The best way to accept a defeat is to go out and win a victory. It’s not failing that makes a loser. It’s failing to try something else when you lose. Like many others, I have often seen a disappointment prove to be a blessing in disguise. I admit it has taken some effort but I can now accept a good, firm ‘no’, and learn to almost like it.

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gospel nuggets

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Rev. E. Anderson

HAVING A SURE AND TRUE FOUNDATION FOR LIFE

Taken from Senior Life Ministries

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” – Matthew 6: 19, 20

On November 25, 1895 in Leadville, Colorado, a cornerstone of ice was laid that would be the foundation of what would become the largest ice palace ever built in America. The town’s economy had been struggling, so the citizens staged a winter carnival with the palace as the centrepiece.

When it was complete, the palace measured 450 x 320 feet. The towers were 90 feet high and it held a 16,000-square-foot skating rink inside. The townspeople were ecstatic, celebrating their newfound hope as a surge of paying visitors came to Leadville. But as happened every year, spring came, which melted away the palace and sent the visitors home.

The people of Leadville knew the end was coming to their money-making carnival. Yet, they still hoped that this temporary tourist trap would cure their financial ills for good. But it never did.

Unfortunately, countless people do this exact same thing each and every day. They put their hope in temporary things for happiness or security, and then are disappointed time and time again when “spring comes” and the things in which they had so much hope melt away.

Every material thing in this world is temporary and will eventually be destroyed. But God endures forever. Put your faith in Him for your joy and your security because He’ll be there for eternity!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to help you find your joy in Him, rather than the temporary things of the world.

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a time to laugh

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Rev. E. Anderson

THINGS TO LEARN FROM A DOG 

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. ~ Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. ~ When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. ~ When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience. ~ Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory. ~ Take naps and stretch before rising. ~ Run, romp and play daily. ~ Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. ~ Be loyal. ~ Never pretend to be something you’re not. ~ If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. ~ When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. ~ Thrive on attention and let people touch you. ~ Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. ~ On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree. ~ When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. ~ No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends. ~ Bond with your pack. ~ Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
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Rev. E. Anderson

RETALIATE WITH LOVE (PART ONE)

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. PROVERBS 25:21-22

When someone hurts us, our initial reaction usually does not involve coming up with a list of ways we can help that person. Instead, we’re more inclined to come up with a plan to get him back, to seek revenge, to retaliate.

Such feelings are natural, but if we act on them, we only end up hurting ourselves even more. Proverbs 25:21r-22 offers an amazing alternative—retaliate with love. “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink” (w. 21). It’s not exactly the kind of advice you’d expect to find in a book on how to get ahead in today’s cutthroat workplace, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant.

So how does such guidance translate into the modern work environment? Try these on for size. If a team member who stole your idea gets caught in a deadline crunch, help him finish the project. If a colleague who constantly puts down your work has a bad day, praise her in front of your boss. If a co-worker who ridicules you for going to church has a family crisis, offer to pray for him. You get the picture?

Nobody said such action would be easy. It forces us to swallow our egos, our pride, and even our hurt feelings. It might make our other co-workers question our sanity. And it may not cause any change in our enemy’s behaviour, at least not at first. But it is the right approach because it is God’s approach. Jesus made that clear in the Sermon on the Mount when He said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

It was a new way of thinking then, and it is just as unusual in today’s culture. But as we will see tomorrow, it’s worth any trouble or discomfort it may cause us.

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message from the late rev david wilkerson

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Rev. David Wilkerson

TO KNOW HIS VOICE

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those who truly know God have learned to recognize His voice above all others. He wants you to be absolutely convinced that He desires to talk to you—to tell you things you’ve never seen or heard before. I believe that three things are required of those who would hear God’s voice:

  1. An unshakeable confidence that God wants to speak to you. You have to be fully persuaded and convinced of this. Indeed, He is a speaking God—and He wants you to know His voice so that you can do His will. What God tells you will never go beyond the boundaries of Scripture.
  2. Quality time and quietness. You need to be willing to shut yourself in with God and let other voices completely hush away. True, God speaks to us all day long. But whenever He has wanted to build something significant into my life, His voice has come only after I shut out every other voice but His.
  3. Asking in faith. We do not obtain anything from God (including hearing

His voice) unless we truly believe He is able to convey His mind to us—to enable us to understand His perfect will!

God is not a tease! He will not allow the enemy to deceive you. When God speaks, peace follows and Satan cannot counterfeit that peace!

“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers” (John 10:2-25).

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christian testimony

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Richard Rufus

I SWITCHED FROM THE PITCH FOR THE PULPIT!

HE captained England Under 21s and played alongside the likes of David Beckham and Nicky Butt, making almost 300 appearances in an impressive career with Charlton Athletic.

But centre-half Richard Rufus, who had to retire through a knee injury, says the biggest achievement in his life was when he became a Christian.

Rufus, 38, has since swapped the pitch for the pulpit and is now the youth pastor in London.

HONOUR

He said: It was an honour for me to be playing for England Under 21s, let alone being captain. You definitely need God because money and fortune is not the be all and end all of life.

“There is a scripture in the Bible that says if you can gain the whole world and lose your­self, what does it profit you? And that is something, that touched me just before I got saved, and it is something I hold onto right now*

“We need God, as he gives you that peace, security and, abundant life.”

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pastor’s weekly thought

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Rev. Ian Williams

THE WEIGHT AND WORTH OF WORDS

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I love this quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:  Writers haven’t got any rockets to blast off. We don’t even trundle the most insignificant auxiliary vehicle. We haven’t got any military might. So what can literature do in the face of the merciless onslaught of open violence? One word of truth outweighs the whole world.   This thought resonates with the scriptures at the heart of Jon’s preaching on Sunday, Ephesians 6:10-12 and 2 Corinthians 10:4. You can listen to Jon’s message by following the link here.  

To mature Christians the ways in which our life is like a battle. Our faith will get stolen or destroyed if we do not understand that Satan hates us. (John 10:10) The good news is God provides us with powerful weapons to resist the enemy.   Sometimes we believe we are doing spiritual warfare when we battle other Christians or just the ordinary people in our world. Ephesians 6 should show us that is immature. However, if we are to be effective in a spiritual battle, we must not think about strength like other people.   Ask 100 British people ‘What is wrong with our politicians?’ and a large number will respond, ‘they are all words and no action.’ British culture trains us to believe that strength is only found in action. However, to be a person of the word is to be a person of action.

Our spiritual weapons are all word based.  

We believe in the name of Jesus and his name saves, protects, strengthens and heals us. We speak his name to our situations. It is not our magic word, but Jesus is so consistent that his name represents everything he is. So when he walks with us into the workplace, he walks as our banner and righteousness. When he comes home with us, he is our peace and provider. He is who he is and he won’t be anything else. We follow him and everything he is follows us.  

We find our strength and hope in the word of God. God has never stopped speaking to his people and the words he speaks are faith giving, health giving, pregnant, revelatory, nourishing, cleansing, victory words. So we persevere and keep fighting to make the space for these words to enter our lives each day.   Words can be empty, but Jesus’ words never are. Everything that Jesus says is authenticated by his death and resurrection.

Revelation 12:11 tells us that battles are won by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony. Jesus has acted and the evidence of his action, his blood, is proof that everything he said about God loving us and desiring relationship with us is true. As we declare that, we boldly enter God’s presence.   What happens then? Words happen; prayers, worship, words about our desire to change, stories of what Jesus has done. From these words, rooted in the name of Jesus, the word of God, and the blood of Jesus, we can start to act in ways that bring healing and peace, forgiveness and faithfulness. Our lives can tell a story of what it looks like when Jesus  wins. Words of truth can start to outweigh the whole world.
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