welcome – a prophetic word just for today

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Rev. 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

There are two major things that the Lord has in mind in relation to you. His intention is both to beautify and glorify you in and through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is in the now of your life that He would implant His nature and life and cause the graces of Christ to come to manifestation. You are to be changed and transformed into His likeness in the immediate so that the beauty and splendour of Christ is president and evident for all to observe and be impacted by. It is Him making you into His own image so that all witness what His indwelling has created and cultivated. The second thing arising out of the first is His purpose to glorify you. The Lord is not seeking to put you down but to raise you up so that you occupy a seat of glory with Him. In that exalted state you will wield divine authority and rule with effectiveness.

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message of note

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Archbishop Sentamu

UNBROKEN PROMISE

If you checked inside your wallet today, you may have been fortunate enough to come across a piece of paper with a promise to you on it.

As you know, bank notes are promissory notes. If you manage to keep one long enough to examine it, you will see that it says, “I promise to pay the bearer on demand, the sum of £…”

This promise is signed by the Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey. And, whatever we think of the banks at the moment, we still trust them to redeem this promise.

A promise implies commitment and dedication – and a hopeful future. So, as long as promises are kept, we have a sense of security. That is why, when trust is lost, we become insecure.

Recently, I spoke of how God calls every person – man, woman or child – to welcome him, to receive his friendship and love. This month’s prayer tells us of the promise which comes with that call:

“Merciful God…you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding; pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire.”

Some people like to imagine how they would spend the money if they won the Lottery. But, God’s love provides us with greater treasure than we can begin to im­agine. And through that love, we receive God’s promises. God himself, living in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Enabling us to live, act and love as Jesus lived on earth. The word ‘promise’ comes from a word meaning ‘send forth’. Jesus is God’s promise, sent to the world to show God’s faithfulness and love for us, by living and dying to makes his friends.

He is God’s promise of life, joy and com­plete peace and safety. He is the promise which never gets broken – the same yesterday, today and forever.

If we came face to face with God and asked him, “Who is Jesus Christ?” The answer would go something like this:

“Jesus Christ is exactly like me, the God you can’t see. He is superior to all creation. I was pleased to live fully in him. He died on the cross. He is the first to be raised from death. He made it possible for human beings to become friends of God. The life he lived is freely given to all who trust in him.”

We may make promises but only God’s promise remains unbroken.

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Re. Phil & Yvonne Cana

Phil Cana together with his wife Yvonne, are the senior leaders of Sheffield Christian Life Centre. Totally in love with life, Phil and Yvonne spend their lives building the Church both locally, in other parts of the U.K. as well as in the rest of the world. They have four children and four grandchildren. Phil has an apostolic call on his life and is strongly prophetic in his gifting. He gives oversight to churches in the UK, travelling into Europe and India as well as to LifeLinks churches in North America.

Phil’s vision is to see Sheffield Christian Life Centre develop into an apostolic centre, where people whose lives have been changed by the power of the Gospel and empowered by the Holy Spirit, are raised and released into their destiny. His passion is for reaching into the city of Sheffield as well as into the rest of the nation and beyond.

HISTORY

During the war many people were relocated from Darnall to Handsworth after losing their homes in the blitz of 1940.  A group of these people met together and through the leadership of Tom Buckley invited evangelist Roxana Carter to conduct a tent crusade.  This evangelistic crusade was held in Handsworth on the recreation ground in St Josephs Road.  Following the crusade they continued to meet together and held regular services above Browns Dairy on Handsworth Road, with Tom Buckley as their leader.  On May 1st 1943 the church was registered with the Assemblies of God and Tom Buckley continued to lead the church until 1951.

In 1953, 217 Handsworth Road was purchased to become the next place of worship and was officially opened by John Carter.

In May 1995 Phil & Yvonne Cana were called by the Lord to become the new leaders of the church.

On September 23rd of that year Phil & Yvonne were inducted as the leaders of the church by the presbyters of Life Links International Fellowship.  Already members of Life Links, Phil & Yvonne introduced the church to this family of churches.  Sheffield Christian Life Centre has since become the key church for Life Links in Europe; (Phil was appointed a presbyter of Life Links in October 2001).

On March 1st 1997, the name of the church was changed from Handsworth Full Gospel Church to Sheffield Christian Life Centre.  This name reflects the church’s vision, which is to be one that reaches beyond the parochial boundaries of Handsworth, to the city of Sheffield and beyond.

The Vision of Sheffield Christian Life Centre is to be a church of significance locally, nationally and internationally. We are a church that is “rooted in the city, reaching to the nation and believing for the world”.  (Jesus gave instruction to the early disciples to be “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.  Acts 1:8)

The Vision of Sheffield Christian Life Centre is to follow the Antioch church model (Acts 13:1-5).  Our purpose is to be a resource church, the characteristics of which are to be:

¨      A worshipping church.

¨      A praying church.

¨      A Holy Spirit oriented church (not programme controlled).

¨      A church with a heart for the nations.

¨      A church which functions with team ministry.

¨      A church with faith to take risks.

¨      A church that reaches the local community, the city of Sheffield, and to the rest of the United Kingdom.

¨      A church that raises and releases ministries.

¨      A giving church.

¨      A teaching church.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Taken from the Senior Life Ministries

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing” – Psalm 23: 1

July 14, 1771, Samuel Hearne led a party from the Hudson’s Bay Company toward the Copper-mine River in the North-Western Territories of Canada. A few days after they started the expedition, they were raided by a group of Inuits who stole most of their supplies.

After the next day’s journey, Hearne made a journal entry where he commented on this apparent misfortune. He wrote, “The weight of our baggage being so much lightened, our next day’s journey was more swift and pleasant.” Hearne discovered something about people who are moving forward: a lighter load makes all the difference. Sure, if the party had been holed up in a cabin somewhere, then the weight of their provisions wouldn’t have been an issue. But because he was on the move, such things did little more than weigh him down. Very often in life, we’re going to lose some of our worldly resources. Money is going to run out; automobiles will break down; and homes will need to be downsized. But how we respond to these losses depends a great deal on whether we’re on the move or holed up in one place. Don’t let losing material possessions get you down. Instead, see it as the Lord lightening your load so that you can continue moving forward boldly with Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray now and ask God to help you continue moving forward with Him even if it means lightening your load in life!

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leadership factors

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Don Rockwell

7 POWER TIPS FOR FACING TURBULENCE

Turbulence grabs attention, focuses energy, stretches relationships, tests resolve, and shows you who you are.

Leadership tips during turbulence.

TURBULENCE IS USEFUL WHEN IT:

  1. Strengthens connections. People who trust each other pull together during tough times; people who don’t, pull apart.
  2. Disrupts stagnant patterns.
  3. Challenges old ways of thinking and invites creativity and innovation.
  4. Drives self-reflection, rather than blame and irresponsibility.
  5. Motivates outward focus. Turning inward without turning outward is organizational suicide. Don’t hunker down and ride it out.
  6. Purifies mission. Is it time to get back to basics?
  7. Provides an enemy. Defeating enemies energizes armies.
  8. Unforeseen opportunities.
  9. Team turnover.
  10. Surprising failure.
  11. Unforeseen challenges.
  12. Economic downturns.
  13. New competitors.
  14. Organizational infighting. 7

7 SOURCES OF TURBULENCE

GROWTH

Growth frames leadership’s attitude and approach to everything.

Turbulence provides growth points for leaders and organizations by disrupting:

  1. Dependence on processes and procedures.
  2. Assumptions about the future.
  3. Traditional sources of confidence.

The way you do things becomes the way you die, if you don’t adapt as you go.

7 POWER TIPS FOR FACING TURBULENCE

  1. Acknowledge reality. If times are tough, say so.
  2. Answer fear by pressing into the future.
  3. Integrate new people and strengthen existing relationships.
  4. Watch for team=mates who rise up under pressure. Engage and encourage them.
  5. Develop new rituals. Stop into the offices of key people on Monday morning for brief conversations, for example.
  6. Don’t create policies that deal with exceptions.
  7. Do what matters most. Busy work matters less when opportunities are slipping through your fingers.
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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’

 

Don Houston

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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