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

Spend that extra and added time with your LORD today and discover that He has much to say to you and do in you that will turn out to be most profitable, causing you also to more effective for Him in all things. He seeks not but your highest good and greatest development. As you readily submit to Him and His workings you will move ahead to achieve those things that will advance His kingdom and glory. You will assuredly know that He is getting you ready to serve in the kingdom of the future on His return. He does not waste time, energy or thought but uses all of His resources on and in you so that you will turn out to be a real winner, fitted for a noble station in His eternal real. So live and labour well for Him for the dividends are beyond this world!

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message from the late rev david wilkerson

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Rev. David Wilkerson
RESIST AND RENEW

If you ask a Christian how to do battle with the devil, he will probably recite James 4:7: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But what does James mean by resist and how
do we resist Satan’s power?

When you are alone with God in prayer, you are totally immune to the devil’s devices. So run to His throne by faith, call on Him, and stand on the power of Christ’s blood.

The apostle John writes, “To the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time” (Revelation 12:14). I believe the two eagles’ wings John speaks of here are the Old and New Testaments of God’s Word. When the devil comes against us, we are able to fly over him on the wings of God’s Word to a place of being nourished by God.

The apostle Paul also uses the word nourish, writing, “nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6). The Greek word for nourished here means educated. Paul is talking about being educated in the Scriptures, knowledgeable of God’s Word.

Jesus is our example here. When He resisted temptation with God’s Word, the devil fled. Why? Because the truth exposed Satan, putting him to shame. Hebrews says that all who have trusted in God’s Word “through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions” (Hebrews 11:33). We muzzle the powers of hell by standing on God’s Word.

So, when you hear the lion’s roar, fall on your face before the Father. Immerse yourself in His Word and His eagles’ wings will carry you above every overwhelming flood of temptation.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

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christian testimony

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Bubba Watson
FAITH DOWN TO A TEE

Bubba Watson clinched the Masters title earlier this year and is this month getting set for the Ryder Cup No matter what happens, the champ won’t stop tweeting about Jesus

Masters champion Bubba Watson won’t take his focus from his faith as he gets set to take part in this month’s Ryder Cup. Watson, who won his second green jacket after clinching the Masters title in April, thanked God after his victory.

The 34-year-old is a committed believer who uses Twitter to tell others about his faith. After lifting golf’s highest prize in Augusta, the American tweeted: “l thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

He then quoted Bible verses and responded to abusive messages by saying he would pray for his critics. Watson says: “For me, it’s just showing the Light. There’s people who want to put down Christians. I try to tell them Jesus loves you. It’s just a way to be strong in my faith.”
Watson attends an hour-long Bible study with fellow golfers each week and is a church

regular. He even attended the group during the Masters.
He says: “For me it’s a way to get back connected with the Bible and with God and Jesus.

“Now you know other people you can talk to, ask questions of, tell them what you’re thinking and tell them what’s going on in your life. It’s about getting more in the Word and realising that golf is just an avenue for Jesus touse me to reach as many people as I can”.

Watson, who recently adopted a one-month old baby boy named Caleb with his wife Angie ball, also described his first church experience when twin girls from his neighbourhood convinced him to attend.

“The girls asked me to go to church,” Watson says. “And after a few times going I realised this is what I wanted to do. This is truth here. And I gave myself to the Lord.”

After he began dating Ball, the couple decided to become Christians.

Watson was baptized with his wife in 2004 as a student at University of Georgia.

“We wanted to be Christ followers,” Watson says. “We wanted to do the right thing. We started turning to the Lord for our decisions.”

The professional golfer, who says he has never taken a lesson, said he was grateful for people around him and the opportunity to live for Christ.

“I’ve really got a good team around me trying to help me succeed. Not just in golf, but off the golf course, to be alight for Jesus.

And Watson ensures his life is surrounded by his faith. While he admits to all kinds of music, his favourite is Christian rapper, Lecrae.

In an interview, he said, “Lecrae said it the best. He doesn’t want to be a celebrity. He doesn’t want to be a superstar. He just wants to be the middleman for you to see god through him.”

Watson’s next aim will be to help USA victory during the Ryder Cup., which takes place at Gleneagles this month.

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womens’ page

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Joyce Meyer
GOD CAN HELP YOU REACH THE FINISH

Have you ever started a project and not finished it? Or put a dream on hold because other got in the way? I think we’ve all experienced these frustrations at some point in life. The truth is, sometimes starting is the easy part. However, with God’s help we can finish whatever we start because the Bible says, “With God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26).

I believe when we feel a passion to do something, God has more than likely put that desire in us. For example, I am passionate about teaching people the Word of God. I’m so passionate about it that I’ve given my life to it for the last 38 years, and will continue to do so. That’s because God spoke to me and put that desire in my heart. If I had gone and done something else instead, I probably would have spent the rest of my life feeling frustrated and unfulfilled.

That’s what happens when we are passionate about something and we don’t do anything about it. But the good news is even when we’re tempted to think that it’s too late to start over, with God, it’s never too late. And God will give us what we need, especially in times of adversity.

DEFEATING YOUR GIANTS

Adversaries are like giants, and there are little ones and big ones. Sometimes they come in the form of a mental attack, or they could come through a person you’re close to. People actually laughed at me when I told them what I felt God was calling me to do. Or an adversary could be one of those little daily aggravations we all face. The bottom line is that the devil sets us up to get us upset because he knows that as soon as we get hurt and emotional, we stop hearing from God. All we’re hearing is our own frustration and thoughts, and we become aggravated at everybody else. But if you want to fulfil God’s call on your life, you have to learn how to face adversity — your giants — and overcome.

First Samuel 17 gives us a formula for defeating giants in our lives. All the
soldiers of Israel were in a valley, and a giant named Goliath was threatening them. No one wanted to fight Goliath, so a shepherd boy named David decided that he would slay the giant. When King Saul heard what David wanted to do, he told him it was a ridiculous idea and that he was too young. David did eventually kill the giant, and we can learn a lot about defeating our own adversaries from his story.

IGNORE CRITICISM

The first thing you have to do is ignore the criticism and the unbelief of others. In l Samuel 17:32-33, David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” David responded by telling King Saul all that God could do.

REMEMBER VICTORIES

The second thing you have to do if you want to defeat your giants is remember the past victories God has given you. When you get in a tight spot, look back at what God has already brought you through and delivered you from. Don’t look at how far you have to go; look at how far you’ve come.

GLORIFYING GOD

Ultimately, David was totally dependent on God and gave him all the glory. He wasn’t really concerned with what he could do because he knew what God could do. We don’t need to look at ourselves; we need to look at God and know that with him all things are possible.

You don’t have to be defeated by Satan’s lies, and you don’t have to quit. You can defeat your giants and see the fulfilment of your dreams. God does not want you to give up — he wants you to get up.

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sermons to note

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Rev. E. Anderson
THE REASON FOR TRIALS

Reading 1 Peter 1; 3-9

Text 1 Peter 4: 12, 13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” – (RSV).

Introduction
FACT OF LIFE: This is so for Christian and non-Christian alike but the Christian able to look and note them and recognise that there are just and good reasons for their occurrence. When facing and in the midst of them it is not always easy to see and reckon so especially if they are severe and of a long-standing nature. One does come readily with easy answers especially when the trials are intense and traumatic. One does not quickly come to know the sense and reason for them. There is however hope for those who trust in God that at some time He will shed light on them and give some understanding and there is the sure hope that in eternity all will be seen in true and real light.
APOSTOLIC CONFESSION: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you” – in the AV ‘strange’ – 1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. The word means unusual and that which causes amazement and real questioning.

“The warning given by the apostle to all Christians, not to think it strange concerning these fiery trials; that is, not to look upon them as unusual things, but to expect them, and prepare for them; for unexpected trials fall upon the soul in their full weight, and suddenly overthrow it: what we fear, for that we prepare; but when trials come, and we never looked and prepared for them, they strike us to the heart, because not armed to receive the blow” – William Burkitt

The apostle could write from experience having undergone quite a series of test that had a great deal of trauma about them. He by no means found them easy to handle but eventually comes to a divine understanding on the issue. Having faced some serious and severe experiences and come through, he was able to fulfil a role of ministry in relation to such. He was now in a position where he could encourage and strengthen others in their ordeals thus fulfilling the Lord’s inspired on it – “when you are converted, strengthen your brethren” – Luke 22: 32.

ACCEPT INEVITABLE: Everyone should have the right mind set with regard to them so that when such occurs they are, in some measure prepared for them and can handle them better. Instead of being bowled over and overwhelmed by their sudden happening they are in a healthy state of attitude. Job gives us the best reaction when suddenly one is confronted with some enormous experience that attacks faith in a powerful manner – see Job 1: 20, Job 1:20 “Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell upon the ground, and worshipped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” – (RSV).

1/. TRIALS ARE EXPERIENCED TO DISCOVER THE BEST IN US
It would appear that often they can evidence the worst rather than the choice and the best but it is imperative to have the divine perspective on them. They are not to find us without the right mind, mood and attitude but to be a spiritual condition where they neither upset or offset. How imperative that they do not engender bitterness or resentment but are taken in a great spirit so that nothing and no one gets in producing a negative factor. God allows them so as to give opportunity to take up a positive spiritual stance and so evidence that which can approve and commend. It is as such times that we really discover the true nature of ourselves.
2/. TRIALS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF GOD’S AGENDA FOR OUR LIVES
Looking at the pathway and the pilgrimage of the saints it is possible to trace and see the plan and route that God had fro them in their lives and this included the prospect of facing things that would truly test them. In point of fact, God would regard such as possibly the most critical part of the journey.
He ordains and allows His chosen to pass through periods that are quite alarming and bewildering and does not shield or protect from such. He knows that is absolutely essential that He permit this to take place and to have a hand and purpose in them.

On the individual this is the case and He pays a great deal of attention to each one. He is personally and directly involved with each and every one, paying special interest and attention in all that they are confronting. From the Scriptures it can be proved that He is actively engaged in the procedure of life and of those difficult experiences and seasons that have to be negotiated.
Illustration: Very visible in Joseph’s, David’s and Job’s ordeals
On the communal front, in dealing with a vast community, Israel, they had to confront ordeals in their march of progress. It had to go through a rigorous programme. The transition to the Promised Land necessitated some difficult factors. Israel as a nation and people were not to escape from this procedure and process following their deliverance and even when in the Promised Land. In His timing and agenda it was imperative that the whole course should be put to the test and this became apparent on entrance into the wilderness. Those forty years were named the probation period when they had to be put through the paces. See Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not”.

3/. TRIALS GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE EXPRESSION AND DEVELOPMENT OF FAITH

A crucial quality that is required if there is to any outstanding progress in relationship with God, life and ministry is the fact of faith and it is that which is put through the test. Peter states it clearly – “that the trial of your faith” – 1 Peter 17. Trusting God in questionable and difficult moments is stretched and is made to see whether it really exists. When everything appears to be wrong it is not the easiest time to affirm one’s confidence in the Almighty, when there is no immediate divine action and things worsen and deteriorate. When things do not improve but grow exceedingly hard and impossible.

“A trial is an experiment or search made upon a man, by some affliction, to prove the value and strength of his faith” – Henry

As Joseph finishes up in prison he seems that he reaches the situation where all is lost. His confidence in God and the divine dreams were severely tested as he reaches an all time low. His faith level needed to exist and resist all the negative factors and be present in his being. More than ever, in those untoward and unseemly circumstances it was crucial that faith dictate and dominate his being. He was to remain on top even though placed in the most hostile conditions. Doubt does seek to creep in and makes its presence known.

4/. TRIALS ARE A MEANS OF INWARD PURIFICATION OF MOTIVES AND LIFE

The atrocious conditions are the factors employed to perform and bring about divine transformation within a person that eliminates things that are an impediment to the person and need to be removed. The fiery furnace is the place where the dross is dealt with, it surfaces and has to be removed. There are characteristics that do not enhance the person or the work and such must be dealt with so a better and more effectual man is revealed. This is an issue that is very important to God. There comes an open exposure of factors that one didn’t know existed and such has to be attended to. There is an actual discovery of oneself in such ordeals.

Peter was guilty of boasting that he would be loyal to the Lord whatever was to be encountered. But Jesus knew him better than he knew himself and that he was aware of what was to occur – Luke 22: 31-34 “Lu 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, v32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” v33 And he said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”v34 He said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know me.”(RSV).

When encompassed about by affliction and infirmity such can have a way of sifting and sorting out the inward spiritual condition. One is made to look at oneself more seriously, to make sure that there is nothing in the life or works that displeases the Lord and is an hindrance to vital progress on all fronts. Trials can be the time when God ‘perfects that which concerns us’ and it should be welcomed and not shunned.

5/. TRIALS ARE THE EXPERIENCES THAT SATAN EMPLOYS TO DEVASTATE AND DESTROY

Trials must be looked at at every angle and seen from all perspectives so they are properly evaluated and determined. Satan is very active and involved in the trials of the saints and the servants of God. He has his eyes on them not for good but evil. He is not impressed or enamoured when he witnesses a person dealing with this area successfully.

Note that God invited Satan to have a good look and Job to behold his faith and character. The Lord was so confident of Job that He was prepared to allow Satan to do his worst to him. Job had discharged of life in an admirable manner – v1 “and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” Job 1: 1. What an opening statement and God had to let him go through the mill to prove his metal and worth. The Lord permitted the evil one to do his worst and he did but Job’s faith was not dissipated or destroyed. Wave after wave of bad news could not shake his trust in the Lord.
“Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is about us” – Forsyth

6/. TRIALS THAT ARE SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED BRING HONOUR AND GLORY TO GOD

The one main thing that we seek above all else is that the Lord may be honoured in and by our lives and the way that He is greatly honoured is when one remains pure and true to Him amidst controversial and difficult experiences. It is possible to bring exceeding glory to God in the midst of the furnace of affliction, when faith is truly and fully tested. In and through the trial there is perfect attitude revealed.

The three Hebrew children along with Daniel were prepared to go all the way if need be to see the Lord magnified in their decision and deed. They were prepared to face the fire and the lion’s den if need be to manifest their commitment to and regard of Him – Daniel 3 & 6. They would not take the easy route out but honour the Lord in expression and encounter. A steadfastness of spirit and commitment to a divine purpose enabled them to negotiate unchartered waters. There was to be no escape or exemption only the will to make their God known.

7/. TRIALS ARE THE FACTORS USED TO BRING ABOUT DIVINE PRO-MOTION AND EXALTATION AND EFFECTUAL MINISTRY

It is by trials that there is divine graduation and movement forward into the greater purposes and out-workings of God. It would seem that they are ordained stepping stones and not stumbling blocks into something much bigger than one has ever dreamed or known. The people who know how to deal with the worst seem to come into their own and into God’s best in His kingdom. They do not finish or terminate on the scrap heap or in the junk-yard but are promoted and exalted in a divine way and given a ministry of inspiration and encouragement to others. Instead of being written off they are written in for major tasks that enhance God’s kingdom in every way.

Nobody really comes unstuck and finishes worse off when they have truly dealt with the things that would have ruined them. Actually the trials have made them into very useful people will anointed ministries. Not only are they stronger and wiser but they are more suited to live in a very beneficial manner in the kingdom of God to others. The trials have not been lost on them or a waste of time, rather, they are enabled to minister untold good to others in their crises.

CONCLUSION

The important thing is to be able to ride our trials and not let them take over and rule us to our detriment. Do not be bogged down in them and such turn into a quagmire where there seems to be no escape. You were not ordained to be subdued by the those things that are of trying nature but to be conqueror.

Paul knew what it was to be exceedingly tried but such did not dominate his life or ministry – 2 Corinthians 11: 23-28 “2Co 11:23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one–I am talking like a madman–with far greater labours, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. (RSV)beatings, and often near death. v24 Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. v25 Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea; v26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren; v27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. v28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches -(RSV).

It is good to be able to say with Paul: “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest His savour in every place” – 2 Corinthians 2: 14.

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powerful quotes

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Rev. Leigh Goodwin

POWERFUL QUOTES

THE HOLY SPIRIT

“We have given too much attention to methods and to machinery and to resources, and too little to the Source of Power, the filling with the Holy Ghost”J. Hudson Taylor

“Nothing is more dangerous than to put a wedge between the Word and the Spirit, to emphasize either one at the expense of the other. It is the Spirit and the Word, the Spirit upon the Word, and the Spirit in us as we read the Word”D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“The church wants not more consecrated philanthropists, but a disciplined priesthood of theo-centric souls who shall be tools and channels of the Spirit of God”Evelyn Underhill

“I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, it can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts. We are gloves. It is the Holy Spirit in us who is the hand, who does the job. We have to make room for the hand so that every finger is filled”Corrie ten Boom

“Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it”J. B. Phillips

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prayer dynamics

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Rev. E. Anderson
DAILY PRAYER
Taken from All About Prayer

Daily Prayer: What Jesus Said and Did Jesus taught us the importance of daily prayer. He said, “Always pray, never lose heart” (Luke 18:1). He also said to converse with God day and night (Luke 18:7). When He taught His disciples to pray, He told them to ask God for their daily needs (Luke 11:3).

Jesus set an example of daily prayer by praying during all kinds of circumstances:

He prayed at His baptism (John 3:21).
He prayed as He faced His passion (Matthew 26:39) and on the cross (Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 46).
Jesus prayed while in agony, He prayed all the more earnestly (Luke 22:44).
He prayed during sad times, like at the tomb of His friend Lazarus.
He prayed all night before He chose His disciples (Luke 6:12).
He prayed when He broke bread and gave it to others to eat (John 6:11).

Jesus made it a priority to pray. “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16), or He sent the crowds away and “went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray” (Matthew 14:23). We also read that Jesus rose “very early in the morning” and “went off to a solitary place where He prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Daily Prayer: What Else the Bible Says

The Bible tells us to pray on all occasions, making our requests known to God (Ephesians 6:18). Scripture tells us to pray without stopping (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It tells us never to worry about anything, and to thank God for what He has already provided (Philippians 4:6).

Jesus taught His followers to pray a simple daily prayer. You may know it by heart already as “The Lord’s Prayer,” but it will become more meaningful to you if you take time to think about what each phrase means. Then say it in your own words:

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” At the beginning of your prayer, acknowledge that God is your Father. For example, you might pray, “God, thank You for loving me and adopting me as Your child, though I did nothing to deserve Your love.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” These phrases are all about your desire to have God’s ideals acted out here on earth. Ask God to show you what He wants done today and to give you the energy or courage to do it. Ask Him to show you any ways in which you might be unaware you are doing something that is less than His ideal and to help you change.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Ask God to provide for you physically today. Feel free to ask for other needs such as housing, clothing, a job, safety, etc. Get specific about what you need and thank Him for the ways He has provided in the past.

“And forgive us our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Ask God to forgive you for those things you know you have done wrong. You may want to pray for God’s help in conquering a sin that keeps recurring in your life. Ask God for His forgiveness and thank Him. Then, think about whether there is anyone in your life who you have not forgiven. Take a moment to mentally forgive others. Ask God to intervene in those areas of your life.

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” After praying for forgiveness, pray for protection from temptations and evil for self and family.

“For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen.” Acknowledge that God has the power to answer your prayers and perform what He has promised.

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points to ponder

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Rev. E. Anderson
A NAIL FOR REMEMBERING

One time at the City Temple in London, there was in the congregation a restaurateur named Emil Mettler, who was a close friend of Albert Schweitzer and a kind of agent for Schweitzer in Britain. Mettler would never allow a Christian worker to pay for a meal in his restaurant, but once he did happen to open his cash register in the presence of a secretary of the London Missionary Society. The secretary was astonished to see among the bills and coins a six-inch nail. What was it doing there? Mettler explained, “I keep this nail with my money to remind me of the price that Christ paid for my salvation and of what l owe Him in return.”

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pastor’s weekly thought

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Rev. Ian Williams
YOUR CHURCH ROLE

The bible teaches some important truths concerning the role of each Christian within the Church. I would like to highlight 5 to you;

YOU ARE PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

God places people in his body as He pleases. We shouldn’t compare ourselves with others because comparison can lead to competition and envy. Don’t think of yourself too lowly through feelings of inferiority or too highly through feelings of superiority. “We need each other”!

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SPIRITUAL GIFT

A God given gift is the special ability or attribute given by the Holy Spirit, enabling you to serve the church and wider community. “You have been given gifts to serve others”!

YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC JOB TO DO

You have been given a special task to accomplish, it’s the very purpose and reason you were born. God looks for our availability as well as our ability. Jesus taught his disciples to fish for men and women and to make disciples. The great commission is to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. “You have a God given assignment”!

THE GROWTH OF THE BODY OF CHRIST IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR CONTRIBUTION

The church is incomplete and ineffective without everyone’s gift and contribution. The church grows when each and every member contributes by doing their part. It’s important that everyone participates. “You are needed”!

GOD SEES WHAT YOU CAN BECOME AND NOT JUST WHAT YOU ARE NOW

Jesus said to his disciples “come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. The disciples were unexpected choices for Jesus’ team and unlikely heroes. Jesus focused on their potential, not their past or present. Jesus called them, giving them hope and vision to do something significant for God. You too can be a significant part in what God wants to do within our community. “God is committed to seeing you succeed”!

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past ministries

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Daniel Rowland (also spelt Rowlands; 1713 – 16 October 1790)
He was one of the foremost leaders of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist revival, along with Howell Harris and William Williams. For most of his life he was curate in the parishes of Nantcwnlle and Llangeitho, Ceredigion.

He was renowned as a preacher and made Llangeitho memorable as a centre for Calvinistic Methodism in Wales.

His early preaching was frightening: he gave much attention to God’s judgment in his sermons. But he was a Methodist cleric at Pantybeudy , Nantcwnlle, Cards. , son of Daniel and Janet Rowland — his father holding the living of Nantcwnlle and Llan-geitho. According to tradition, he was educated at Hereford grammar school . He was ordained deacon in 1734 and priest in 1735 , and became his brother John ‘s curate in the above-mentioned places. In 1734 he m. Eleanor Davies of Caer-llugest. He experienced a profound spiritual conviction under the ministry of Griffith Jones (q.v.) , c. 1735 , and began to thunder against the people’s sins. On the advice of Philip Pugh (q.v.) he modified his style and preached grace rather than the law.

He began to travel up and down the country, and in 1737 met Howel Harris (q.v.) ; the result was that, before long, these two had joined forces to push forward the great Methodist revival in Wales . Disagreement arose between him and Harris , against whom he published, in 1750, Ymddiddan rhwng Methodist Uniawngred ac un Cyfeilior

In 1752 there was a complete split between them and he now became the leader of ‘Rowland’s people,’ as his followers were known. In 1760 his brother was drowned at Aberystwyth and the revivalist ‘s son was given the living of Llangeitho . For some time he was his son’s curate and built a meeting-house near the parish church for his own services, but c. 1763 he was, for some reason or other, deprived of his curacy. In 1767 the parishioners of Nantcwnlle vainly appealed for his return. From that time on he chose to stay with his people in the ‘ New Church ’ at Llangeitho , although he was offered the comfortable living of Newport, Pembs. , in 1769 . He died. 16 Oct. 1790 , and was buried at Llangeitho 20 Oct. , ‘at the age of 77,’ according to the parish register.

Daniel Rowland was, above all, a preacher, and for a long time made Llangeitho the Mecca of Welsh Methodists. Thousands flocked there from every part on Communion Sunday, and he exercised a profound influence on the spiritual life of his generation . Small books of his sermons were published in 1739 , 1762 , 1772 (two volumes), and 1775 . Some of them were translated into English and were published in 1774 , 1775 , and 1788 . He also wrote a number of hymns ’ for the early collections, such as Llwybur Hyffordd i’r Cymry , 1740 , and Sail, Dibenion, etc. , 1742 . Six of his hymns will be found at the end of Marw i’r Ddeddf, etc. , 1743 , nineteen in Hymnau Duwiol, etc. , 1744 , and he published a small collection of Hymnau Duwiol in 1745 . His last collection was published in 1772 under the title Pum Pregeth ac Amryw o Hymnau . He was a pioneer of the Welsh hymn before William Williams of Pantycelyn had begun to write hymns. He translated some English books into Welsh , e.g. Bunyan ‘s Holy War , 1744 ; Aceldama , 1759 ; Wetherall ‘s Fifteen Sermons , 1762 ; and the elder Thomas Boston ‘s The Crook in the Lot, 1769 .

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