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

As the LORD has constantly nourished and encouraged you throughout your earthly pilgrimage, so you must also make sure that daily you perform this role. He has come along and with His presence, word and deed has consistently stimulated your faith, vision and love, thus enabling you to do things that have brought immense blessing to your days. You are now in the blessed situation where you can draw alongside others and inspire them to be and do things that will be most uplifting and rewarding. Instead of being driven by a selfish motive, (what’s in it for me) you will take on the life and nature of your LORD and so leave an untold legacy of all around you of optimism, buoyancy and confidence. Learn to exhort others positively and as you do so today you will find that you are encouraged in a greater manner and measure.

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messages by rev rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren
BIBLE INTERPRETATION REQUIRES FAITH

“No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:11b NIV)

Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, that’s just your interpretation of the Bible”? It’s as if that little phrase disproves everything that’s been said. But it really doesn’t disprove anything.

There are right ways and wrong ways to interpret Scripture. There are some methods for interpreting the Bible that’ll always give you the wrong interpretation every time.

Here are six principles of interpretation that are accepted just about everywhere.

1. You need faith and the Holy Spirit to interpret Scripture. The Bible doesn’t make sense to non-believers. It is God’s love letter to believers. When an unbeliever reads the Word, he is reading someone else’s mail. The Bible is a spiritual book that must be understood by spiritual people. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:11, “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (NIV).
2. The Bible is its own best commentary. Scripture interprets Scripture. Practice this principle by getting a Bible with cross-references in the margin. By looking up cross references, you’ll get a much bigger and clearer picture of what God has said in all of his Word, not just that one context.
3. Read the Old Testament with the New Testament in mind, and read the New Testament with the Old Testament in mind. The New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.
4. Always interpret unclear passages in the light of clear passages. Look at the full counsel of God in Scripture to get a clear understanding when you find a passage that seems contradictory or confusing. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:29 has a very obscure reference to baptism for the dead. It’s the only time the idea is mentioned in Scripture. Paul isn’t condoning this. Nothing in Scripture condones it. Let clear passages about salvation and baptism interpret this unclear one, not vice versa.
5. Don’t form a doctrine based solely on an historical event. Take historical passages of the Bible for what they’re meant to be: good lessons. Don’t build your doctrine upon them. For example, in Mark 1:35, the Bible says Jesus got up very early, went into a place of solitude, and prayed. Does that mean you must get up every morning at 4 a.m., leave your house, and go somewhere and pray? Of course not! God may convince you that’s a good idea, but it’s not a command. Use doctrinal passages to base doctrine on. Use narratives to teach lessons.
6. Never interpret Scripture based on your own experiences. The point of Bible study is not to shape Scripture to agree with your subjective opinions or your experiences. Feelings lie. Emotions lie. Instead, discover God’s timeless truth and let it shape your life. Study the Bible with an open heart and invite God to conform you to his will.
God doesn’t want to leave you in the dark when you study Scripture. Following these basic rules of Bible study can help to ensure you read the Word from God’s perspective.

TALK IT OVER

• What do you think this statement means: “The New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament”?
• Are you open to letting the Holy Spirit work in your life? Do you have an open mind when interpreting Scripture so that the Holy Spirit can direct your thoughts?

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message of note

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David and Dorothy Shearman

David Shearman stepped off the platform at the Christian Centre in Nottingham as senior leader for the last time, it marked the end of an era. Few achieve the longevity or the consistent excellence that marked his 45 years’ of service in the vibrant East Midlands congregation, nor bear the spotlight with such humility.

The real test of character, though, is what happens when the final notes have faded and the jubilant celebrations are fast becoming mere memories. When the world is no longer watching and waiting, hanging on every word, the question of identity becomes profoundly important.

“It all draws back for me to a ‘being-ness’ — it’s Psalm 100,” explains David. “There are three parts to life: who I am, what I know and what I do. Most of society concentrates on doing something in order to know something so that they can then feel good about themselves. I propose it should start the other way round.
“If I understand who I am as a Christian — loved and chosen before the creation of the world, called and named, died for, redeemed — and I come to know who I am without self-sufficiency, there’s an amazing security there.”

And this security shows. When the time came for David to hand over leadership of the church he has loved and invested in for decades, it meant a move from hectic hustle and bustle to a slower pace of life for him. And when his wife, Dorothy, fell ill for a time, all plans were now travelling to encourage and equip Christian leaders again as part of his own organisation, Cathcon Trust, but I the lessons he learned at the kitchen stove haven’t left him.

“We had planned to have a season of quietness,” David explains. “But when Dorothy fell ill, life became exceptionally quiet. My life centred around cooking vegetables and putting ten eye drops in her eyes every day. That was the limit of my excitement!

“But I’d be off in my room and read and pray and be with the Lord at specific times and l came to place of absolute and wonderful contentment in Christ. I’m telling you, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”

David’s engaging sincerity and openness have afforded him the opportunity
to speak in various environments. He is now travelling to encourage and equip Christian leaders again as part of His own organisation, Cathcon trust, but the lessons he learned at the kitchen stove haven’t left him.

“l look around in a world of clever people and a world of leadership, especially Christian leadership and I meet so many people — significant people — who are incredibly insecure,” he says.

“Their insecurity binds them to a degree. As you get older, your ‘doing-ness’ becomes less and you hit a problem, because a lot of people rely on what they do. Their credibility and their identity is in .- what they do. But it’s the ‘who’ which is important, not the ‘what’. That’s why I think the whole Christian community in the West has got a bit lost.”

As someone with fresh insight into the impact of slowing down, David certainly has a point. “I see older men in Christian ministry holding onto the job that they do for both economic and identity reasons and it’s quite sad to see. You see people and the wheels fall off their wagon.

“Particularly men find their identity in the business they ran or what they achieved. When all action stops, there’s no raison d’eter in their life and lots of them die quickly”.

Having finished in public ministry, you might expect the spotlight to have shifted from David’s life, but in some ways, the opposite is true. . Now that he’s less often in the pulpit — having preached regularly since he was 14, the five months off were the longest he had gone without preaching – it’s almost as if a light had been shone on the inner corners of his life.

What that quiet examination has taught him is undoubtedly challenging, but for no-one more so than himself. “Before we start ponticating about fixing the world,” David says, “we each have to look at ourselves and ask, ‘In my life, where are all my insecurities and how am I going to deal with them to come to a place where I understand how secure I am in Christ?’

I’ve tried to face up to my own frailties and insecurities and sought the counsel of wise people. It’s all about a genuine pilgrimage towards Christ. Christ isn’t going to ask me about did I do this or that. The basic principle is that the kingdom is about righteousness.
“The challenge isn’t to look good or sound good or to be successful — it’s to be like Christ. I’m nearer than I was and I know I’m further away than I should be. but all of that journey brings you to face up to the insecurities of life.”

And when faced with insecurity, David says that it’s important to answer with truth. “I need to build my life on some strong foundations. As Jesus says in Matthew 7, ‘If you don’t obey these words of mine and put them into practice you’re building your life on sand.”‘

And here’s the crux of the matter. It’s a trust issue for David.

“How are we going to give months he had off were the long- away if we’re still clinging on to our identity. We have to be able to totally surrender ourselves to someone we know we can trust in, and the only person we can totally trust in is Jesus.

If I know and do that, then my well- being is absolutely and totally secure. The Church has got to attend to a message that helps people come to ‘being-ness’. We’re human beings, not human doings and in a world obsessed with activity and moving on we need roots.”

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meet the christian ministerst

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Rev. Marcus and Sue Bennett

PASTOR MARKS END OF I4-YEAR SERVICE
Pastor Marcus Bennett rounded off I4 years at Wimbledon Elim with a sermon preached to 26 nationalities.

In his farewell service, the 4|-year-old who moved to Dewsbury Elim in Yorkshire in April, was honoured by Rob Lewis, who is stepping in at Wimbledon until a new pastor is appointed.

Rob said, “Pastor Marcus is a man with a big heart who has fed the local community physically and spiritually. He has achieved great things in Wimbledon and has now moved to the next stage of ministry ready to serve his new church and community.’

During his time at Wimbledon, Marcus oversaw the move into a larger premises and the opening of a food-bank. l-le said, “l get to be there in the best and worst moments in peoples’ lives and it is a privilege to be able to help. Once in a while you feel that God is calling you somewhere else. There’s a sense of topography and mine just moved North.”

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson
ADVERSITY

English writer Somerset Maugham once wrote a story about a janitor at St. Peter’s Church in London. It was discovered one day that this janitor was illiterate – a fact he had concealed for some time. So the young vicar of the church fired him.

Jobless the man invested his meager savings in a small tobacco shop where he began to prosper. So he opened another shop… and then another, until he finally had a chain of tobacco stores that made him very rich.

One day while looking over their finances, a banker asked him, “Can you imagine where you’d be if only you could read and write?”

“Well,” replied the man, “I’d be the janitor at St. Peter’s Church.”

Adversity plays a part in almost every big success story. That’s because it’s not until we’re faced with tough times that we learn, grow, and find ways to move forward. This is especially true in the Christian life, where hard times often drive us to our knees in desperation just before we see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So instead of seeing your hardships as a curse, treat them as an opportunity to learn and grow. Let God use adversity to shape and mold you into a more devoted and mature follower of Christ!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to help you see your hard times as opportunities to learn.

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leadership factors

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Rev. Grayson Jones
HOW’S YOUR HEART?

Just recently there has been a lot of publicity about the need for us as a nation to look after the condition our hearts. In the UK heart disease is one of the main reasons people suffer strokes, have all manner of chronic diseases, and die. In the church also we need to be people who look after our hearts. Prov 4:23 says: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. As we look at the word HEART there are five things we need to focusing on:

H – HEALTH
I believe that God is our healer and that he can change any condition for any person. Yet I also believe that due to the decisions we make often we are risking having terrible diseases due to poor choices and lifestyles. Our health is a gift that has been given for us to steward correctly and we are all responsible for doing the best with what God has given us. Let’s make sure we are doing all we can to look after it correctly.

E – EXERCISE
Up until three years ago exercise was a dirty word for me, but today I have developed an exercise routine that I actually miss if I don’t do it. Due to changes in how we work and live exercise is something we have to be intentional about. Even if we simply begin doing a little each day, before long we can build up to a good routine that can help in so many areas of life. Exercise helps us in every way; let’s make sure we are getting enough.

A – ATTITUDE
Your attitude to life, yourself, other people, work and everything else in life is so important. I have yet to see someone with a bad attitude enjoying a full life. Even if you get to the top in life, if you are someone with a bad attitude it robs you of the joy of living well. Don’t let your attitude sabotage your joy, but determine that you are going to work daily on your attitude so that you control it rather than it controlling you.

R – RELATIONSHIPS
The greatest gift a person has is the relationships in their life. I have met so many people over the years who have sacrificed relationships to get stuff, only to realise that what they sacrificed was far more valuable than what they ended up getting. Family, friends and colleagues are a precious gift from God, so let’s make sure we don’t take them for granted but invest our time, energy and resources into making our relationships the best they can be.

T – THINKING
The Bible tells us in Prov 23:7 (Amp) ‘As a man thinks in his heart.. so is he.’ In other words ‘we are what we think.’ God wants us to think correctly about ourselves, others and about God. Don’t allow a negative way of thinking to sabotage your future and dominate your life, but allow God’s word to be the hallmark of your thinking.

God has a great life for each one of us and doesn’t want us living with HEART disease. Let’s look to live well and apply his wisdom to these areas of our lives.

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just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford
D I Y MORALITY

Modem philosophy spurns the idea of absolutes and makes each man a judge of his own attitudes and actions. In what is called “Situation Ethics”, the circumstance becomes the criterion of what is right or wrong.
But this “DO IT YOURSELF” concept is no new idea. They had it over 3,000 years ago, when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 19:1, 21:25). What social chaos resulted! What moral corruption! What God-forsaken people!

God had, years before, given them an order to live by. The Decalogue was a ten-word guide to ethical and spiritual stability. In their decline, the newly-established tribes of Jacob, neglected (almost rejected) these divine guide-lines to holiness and happiness. The outcome was almost national disintegration.
And upon this generation in our once Christian land will come decay – moral and social – as we become our own judges. We need the standards of the Bible to spur and sustain us. The principles made so clear by our Lord are the only way to personal and national stability and happiness.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson
THE ATTITUDE OF YOUTH

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind, a product of the imagination, a vigour of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure.

Nobody grows old by living a number of years. People grow old when they desert their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, self-doubt, fear, and anxiety——these are the culprits that bow the head and break the spirit.

Whether seventeen or seventy, there exists in the heart of every person who loves life the thrill of a new challenge, the insatiable appetite for what is coming next. You are as young as your faith and as old as your doubts.

So long as your heart receives from your head messages that reflect beauty, courage, joy, and excitement, you are young. When your thinking becomes clouded with pessimism and prevents you from taking risks, then you are old.

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healing and miracle testimonies

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FISHING FOR RAINBOW TROUT Paul Cezanne

We live in a rainbow of chaos.

Okay, so maybe it was a little irresponsible for my dad to embark on a fishing trip and leave his pregnant wife alone at home. My mother was seven months swollen with twins. Other, more rational couples might’ve promised to stay side-by-side, but we babies weren’t due until August, and this fishing trip was a graduation present for my brother. Before the little girl duo was to come into the world, the two males of the family needed to bond in the manliest way they knew-—-fishing for rainbow trout.

So my dad bade goodbye to my very pregnant mother and set off for Oregon with my older brother. Perhaps Dad was oblivious to the foreshadowing of sudden rain and hot whistling winds, finding satisfaction in the masculine angst of raging seething rivers. Either way, it must have come as a shock to return to his lodge one evening and receive ten frantic messages left by my mother. It’s hard to guess exactly what she babbled, for a hysterical woman in labour is not usually known for her eloquence, but my dad knew instantly he had to get home. He and my brother leapt into the car and rocketed down the road, racing off in less than five minutes for the fifteen-hour car ride to San Francisco.

Meanwhile, my mother felt her babies’ impatience and rushed to her car. She was so enormous she couldn’t even buckle her seatbelt and her stomach constantly set off the horn. Our neighbour had agreed to drive my mother to the hospital in case my dad was unavailable but Mom chose not to trouble her backup chauffeur and instead drove herself.

Meanwhile, my father and brother sped down the highway. Despite all efforts to surpass the speed limits as quietly and cautiously as possible, Dad was pulled over by a cop just as my mother teetered into the hospital. My parents’ despair was mutual as Dad pleaded with an unsympathetic policeman and my mother hid in the elevator, embarrassed by her frazzled state.

At last, speeding ticket begrudgingly accepted, my dad was on the road again just as my mother leaned over and grasped the nurse’s desk, mumbling, “I think something’s wrong.”

The nurse was a warm and no-nonsense woman. If her husband had asked to go on a fishing trip seven months into her pregnancy, she would have said, “You think some darn fish are more important than staying home and rubbing my feet? I don’t have cravings for trout; I need chocolate ice cream!” The nurse told my mother to remove her pants and with one mighty sniff declared, “Honey, this ain’t no false alarm. Your water broke!”

At the same time, massive rain clouds broke over Northern California, and a sudden downpour impaired my dad’s speeding. This was enough to discourage anyone, for despite the near-slapstick calamity of our impromptu births, this premature labour was serious. There’d been another of us, my unknown brother, but our trio was reduced by a miscarriage before he even had a name.

As Dad’s car flew through the rain, however, we decided we’d been patient long enough. My mother begged for painkillers. My father must have sensed her despair and agony He sensed that he would never get to San Francisco in time for our births. Though the rain slowly let up, he knew he could never drive fast enough to make it… assuming we made it too. He was frightened and discouraged and tired. just as his weary mind considered the worst possible scenario, he looked out the window and saw a glimmer on the horizon.

Across the sky stretched a double rainbow. Not one, but two radiant arcs, one on top of the other. My father stared long and hard at this double rainbow, two for his double dose of Gemini girls. He knew just by looking at that pair of rainbows that everything would be all right. This was a sign, and with hope restored he continued down the road, slowing his frantic speed to gaze at those rainbows a little longer.

He arrived at the hospital seven hours after we were born. Two months premature, I weighed three pounds, fifteen ounces; McKenzie was four pounds, three ounces. Though the double rainbow calmed my father, he was still terribly on edge until he saw us, our tiny wrinkled bodies warming under the orange glow of incubator lights. When Dad arrived, Mom awoke to hold us, and we smiled, brown eyes all around, except for my mothers glistening wet violet ones.

Dad’s fishing trip had been cut short but he didn’t mind. All he needed at that moment was the tenderness only two baby girls could give.

After that day, Dad never saw another double rainbow.

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gospel nuggets

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Rev. E.Anderson
LOVE YOUR CHURCH—JESUS DOES!
Taken from the Word for Today

‘…you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives…’ Ephesians 2:22 NIV

JESUS LIVES in each of those who make up His church. ‘You are…members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit’ (vv -19-22 NIV).

Nothing is nearer and dearer to the heart of God than His church. ‘Christ… loved the church and gave Himself for her’ (Ephesians 5:25 NKJ\/). His greatest interest, and the core of His etemal purpose, is that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known’ (Ephesians 3:10 (NIV).

You ask, ‘How can l become a member of Christ’s church?’ It’s a family, you must be born into it That’s why Jesus told Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again’ (John 3:7 NKJ\/). You don’t get in by shaking a preacher’s hand, filling out a membership card o making a donation to the building fund.

The Bible says, ‘Receive one another, just as Christ…received [you]’ (Romans 15:7 NKJV). Once you’ve accepted Christ and He has accepted you, you’re ‘in’. You may not have the high profile others enjoy in your church, but in God’s eyes you’re a bona-fide, blood-washed, heaven-bound member of His family. The Bible says, ‘The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved’ (Acts 2:47 K.J.V.)—-and when He adds you, there’s not a soul on earth who can subtract you!

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