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

Knowing the Lord and His great purposes for you life and work is to be a priority consideration if you are to really achieve things of major and eternal significance. He does not impose Himself or His plans on any individual. If you are prepared to honestly and earnestly seek Him on a regular basis, He will be found and so will His choice and worthwhile destiny that will be amply rewarding. No further opportunity will be granted so you have to make most of today and everyday that is granted. He will come to you with inspiration, revelation and power as you opt to pursue Him above all. The satisfaction gained from this will exceed all that you could ever dream. So go for Him and His perfect design today. It will be worth it all!

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messages by rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren

SELF INDULGENCE

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control” – Proverbs 25:28 NIV)

In Peter Drucker’s book, “The Effective Executive,” he says that every time you meet a person with great strengths, you are also meeting someone with great weaknesses. We all know about the celebrities, athletes, and even presidents who, although they had tremendous strengths, also had a weakness in their character that was ultimately their downfall. In spite of the fact that they were very strong, they let a weakness destroy their lives.

Self-indulgence, in the form of lack of self-control or undisciplined living, will weaken you. It can be the way you spend money. It can be sex. It can be food. It can be alcohol. It can be your emotions. It can be the way you manage your time. Anything that’s left out of control will weaken your life.

It may seem like just a small thing, but the fact is, small things can have an enormous impact in your life. If somebody comes to you and says, “I want to give you a 100-pound sack of Kentucky bluegrass seed. There’s just one problem: It has a few crabgrass seeds in it.” Would you say, “I’ll put it on my lawn right away”? Probably not, because you know that eventually the crabgrass would take over your whole lawn. It would eat up the Kentucky bluegrass.

You cannot indulge little weaknesses and assume they won’t eventually take over and weaken your whole life. It doesn’t make any difference what area of your life is out of control — time, money, food, sex, attitudes, whatever. It’s just a question of time before that lack of control begins to undermine the way you live for God.

“Do not be misled. Remember that you cannot ignore God and get away with it. A man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows. If he sows to please his own desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death” (Galatians 6: 7-8 LB).

Where do you find the strength to build discipline back into your life? Give your weaknesses to Jesus, and then take the steps he tells you to take. “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong” (Ephesians 6:10 MSG).

TALK ABOUT IT

What are the weaknesses in your life that display a lack of self-control?

What steps do you believe God is telling you to take today to move away from those weaknesses and into greater strength?

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messages of note

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Rev. Alan Hewitt

PROTECT YOUR MIND

In Matthew 9:4, Jesus asks a very good question “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”

The word “entertain” is used 4 times in the NIV, once in Hebrews of “entertaining strangers”, once in Judges about Samson “entertaining Philistines”, once by Paul about “not entertaining an accusation against an elder” and here in this text.

Jesus paints an incredible picture. Imagine it. He speaks of an individual opening up their own heart and welcoming “evil thoughts” to come in and make themselves at home! Who would do that? Who would host “evil thoughts”, put the kettle on for them, make them comfortable, let them move in and spread out on the settee?

Jesus said “Why?” It’s a good question.

We lock our homes, our cars, our church buildings – yet leave open what is most vulnerable – our own hearts. In fact we can let into our minds what we would never allow into our homes and worse than that – “we entertain them”!

Negative thoughts come along and we put the kettle on! Dr Elinore Kinarthy says the average person has more than 200 negative thoughts a day with depressed people having as many as 600. We can’t stop them coming but we can stop entertaining them!

Jesus said “Why? “That means “entertaining evil thoughts” is optional not obligatory. Bill Johnson says “I cannot afford to have a thought in my heart about me that is not in His”.

Each of us must learn what we need to eliminate and what we should entertain. In Psalm 139:17 David put the welcome mat out for God’s thoughts, “How precious to me are your thoughts O God” and we must do the same.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson

GOING FORWARD

Taken from Senior Life ministries

Two creatures are pictured on the coat of arms for the nation of Australia: an emu and a kangaroo. A young Australian boy was once curious about the significance of the two animals. So he began doing some research, and found that both the emu and the kangaroo can move only forward, never backward

This was the characteristic of the two animals that inspired Australia to include them on their coat of arms. And the same characteristic of moving forward, not backward, is also one that God desires of the people who follow Him.   In life, it can be tempting to go backwards. Many people become lazy and complacent in their current circumstances and will do anything to stay in them, even when life is moving forward. But in today’s passage Jesus is clear that a life lived for Him will be lived looking forward, doing His Kingdom work and with our hand to the plough and our eyes ahead!   So what’s ahead for us who are in Christ? The Kingdom of God. We have an imperishable reward that awaits us… a reward that can be our focus every hour of every day. So don’t look back. Be about God’s daily work and fix your eyes on the eternal reward. Move forward with Jesus!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to keep you moving forward when you’re tempted to be complacent in life.

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leadership factors

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  1. Alan Hewitt

DRIFT AVOIDANCE

We read these sober words in Heb 2v1: “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. The analogy used is of a ship and this is the only time this Greek word for “drift” is used in the NT. Let’s briefly consider the term. 1.

DRIFTING IS NOT INTENTIONAL The Greek word means “to let slip, slip away”. You don’t have to do a bad thing to drift. It happens through neglect. It can happen slowly without noticing, which is why this is the first of FIVE WAKE-UP calls in Hebrews. Note the pattern: Drifting leads to Doubting, Departing, Despising, and ultimately Denying. I have met many cold believers but never one who intended to become cold – you don’t have to want to backslide in order to backslide! The Prodigal son never intended to be in the pig sty! The reason why drifting is so dangerous is that it’s silent, slow, requires no effort and for a while no noticeable consequences. It can happen to worship leaders, preachers, missionaries, elders, deacons – even whilst serving. The words of John Courson are so true: “Most of us are not in danger of plunging into the sea of carnality. This week or next week…most of us are not going to be murderers or drug addicts…the danger is not plunging into the ocean of perversity, but rather drifting away almost imperceptibly.” Bible Commentator William Newell said: “Drifting is the quietest, easiest, most delightful way of dying.” Very few Christians throw away their faith – they drift from it.

2. DRIFTING IS AVOIDABLE Look at the verse….”WE MUST PAY MORE CAREFUL ATTENTION THEREFORE to what we have heard SO THAT WE DO NOT DRIFT AWAY”. Drifting is not inevitable. There is an important lesson here about the Christian faith; it’s NOT passive and there are two ways to avoid DRIFT: a. ANCHOR – A vessel can’t drift if it’s anchored to something immoveable. Heb 6:19 speaks about having: “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”. Tragically there are examples today of well-known respected Christian leaders who are drifting simply because they are not anchored to the Word. If we don’t hold on to what we believe we are likely to drift towards what others want us to believe! The biggest cause of spiritual drift is neglect of Prayer & Scripture. It leaves leave you UNANCHORED!” Remember that! Without an anchor, you will have no resistance to the destructive forces that hit your life every day. b. ENERGY – A vessel only drifts when it loses power! If there is propulsion & direction – Drift is IMPOSSIBLE! That’s what Acts 1:8 is all about – Power & direction! Drift will take you anywhere but Direction takes you somewhere. If God’s plans and purpose are propelling your life, you won’t end up where you don’t want to be. You can’t end up drifting to the wrong place if you’re driving to another place. You cannot be driven and drift at the same time

3. DRIFTING IS COSTLY v. 3 “How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (AV “Neglect”) Think of those words “SUCH A GREAT SALVATION”. Let me remind you today of how GREAT it is! Christ’s dying has paid our price; He has cleansed us, forgiven us, restored us, blessed us, seated us, filled us & guaranteed us resurrection & everlasting life! We must all beware of the tendency to so focus on God’s amazing love that we lose the “fear & trembling” aspect of Salvation. The Cross is too serious. We were not rescued to drift but to GLORIFY His Name! There are severe consequences to drifting. When we sense the emotion of Robert Robinson; “Prone to wander Lord I feel it”, we should recall the words of John Piper: “there is no standing still. The life of this world is not a lake. It is a river. And it is flowing downward to destruction. If you do not listen earnestly to Jesus and consider him daily and fix your eyes on him hourly, then you will not stand still, you will go backward.”

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just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford

MOUNTAIN-TOP EXPERIENCE

At the Transfiguration of our Lord (Matt 17:1-8), Peter, James and John (the favoured three) “beheld His glory” (John 1:14). They were thrilled: they never forgot it. Peter refers to it over 30 years later (2 Peter 1:17,18). His words, “Lord, it is good for us to be here”, reflect the common feeling of the select trio.

We no doubt feel the same when “Heaven comes down our souls to greet”. It is good to experience these exalted times, but the whole episode tells us three things,

YOU CAN’T BE ON TOP ALL THE TIME. The “black-letter” days far out-number the “red-letter” periods, but we thank God for those “glory” times that lighten our path and excite us to do more for God.

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ON TOP ALL THE TIME. Canaan was “a land of hills and valleys” (Deut 11:11), so different from Egypt where the flat delta was fed by annual inundation of the Nile; here was seasonal “rain from Heaven”. To make progress in the Promised Land involved “ups and downs”. So with us: the “ups” of inspiration is followed by the “downs” of service. Hill and vale balance our lives.

YOU SHOULD NOT NEED TO BE ALWAYS ON TOP. If we truly absorb the “glory” we may fully enjoy the “grace” that enables us to move on in God.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson

PURSUED BY THE ATONING LOVE

One evening a woman was driving home when she noticed a huge truck behind her that was driving uncomfortably close. She stepped on the gas to gain some distance from the truck, but when she sped up the truck did too.

The faster she drove, the faster drove the truck.

Now scared, she exited the freeway. But the truck stayed with her. The woman then turned up a main street, hoping to lose her pursuer in traffic.

But the truck ran a red light and continued the chase.

Reaching the point of panic, the Woman whipped her car into a service station and bolted out of her auto screaming for help. The truck driver sprang from his truck and ran toward her car. Yanking the back door open, the driver pulled out a man hidden in the backseat.

The woman was running from the wrong person. From his high vantage point, the truck driver had spotted a would-be rapist in the woman’s car. The chase was not his effort to harm her but to save her even at the cost of his own safety.

Likewise, many people run from God’s provision of atonement on the cross, fearing what He might do to them. But His plans are for good not evil——to rescue us from the hidden sins that endanger our lives.

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miracles and healing testimonies

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Rev. Rick Warren

IF YOU WANT TO BE HEALED, TELL OTHER PEOPLE

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16 LB)

You know that problem you’d like to get rid of in your life? That temptation, defect, fault, fear, worry, loneliness — whatever is in your life that messes you up? You’re never going to get rid of it on your own. If you could, you would, but you can’t, so you won’t. You’re only going to get well when you’re honest with God — and with other people.

You say, “I don’t want to do that. That makes me uncomfortable. Why should I do that?” Because it humbles you, and God gives grace to the humble. It’s your pride that keeps you stuck.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (NIV).

God wired us so that we need each other. You were never meant to face your problems or your sins by yourself. We need each other. We have a longing for belonging. We’re to help each other out.

James 5:16 is one of the most important verses for your health and holiness as you get over your habits and hang-ups: “Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (LB).

You’ve heard me say it before: Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing. It’s based on James 5:16. The way you get well in life is by revealing your feeling. When somebody comes up to me and says, “Pastor Rick, I’ve never told this to anybody,” I know that person is on the road to recovery, because when you share something for the first time, you’re opening the closet door where the bogeyman hides — but it turns out he’s not as big as you thought he was, and you breathe a sigh of relief. There is relief and healing in admitting and sharing. Why? Because the moment you do that, you humble yourself, and God gives grace to the humble.

This is the hardest step for some of you because it really hits your pride. You don’t mind telling God about your habit, but you’re not about to tell anybody else. Your stomach just starts churning even thinking about it.

If that’s the case, you’re going to be stuck in that sin the rest of your life because you’re never going to get well on your own. God has wired you in a way that you need other people to help you grow.

If all you want to do is be forgiven, tell God. But if you want to be healed, you’ve got to tell other people.

TALK IT OVER

With what kind of people do you think God wants you to share your sin, worry, and fears?

Who are the people in your life who fit that description?

How do you think God wants you to respond when friends share their sins, hurts, habits, or hang-ups with you?

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great stories

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Rev. E. Anderson

SOUND SLEEPER

All was still, and yet I felt that I bad been awakened for some reason.

I am a sound sleeper. Only thirst or a headache ever wakes me up. Ican sleep through almost anything — a car speeding past, a dog barking, a passing thunderstorm. For no apparent reason I woke up with a start one cool, autumn night.

At first I thought it was time to get up. No, my clock showed it was only 1 a.m. in the morning. All was still, and yet I felt that I had been awakened for some reason. I sat bolt upright on the side of the bed. Several minutes passed. The bedroom windows were closed and the curtains were drawn. No noise came from the outside. There was total silence.

Then I distinctly heard a man’s voice: ‘Help me, help me! Oh, please someone help me!’

Immediately I reached for the telephone and dialled the emergency services. ‘Someone needs help,’ I said. ‘Someone out near my street.’ I told the operator where I lived and, satisfied that I had done all I could, I went back to bed.

Even before I fell asleep, a policewoman called me back. She sounded incredulous. ‘How did you know someone was there?’ she asked.

‘I heard his cries,’ I answered.

‘But how could you?’ she asked. She knew my block of flats was set well back from the street. My windows were closed and I hadn’t heard the police drive by.

‘The man you heard’, she explained, ‘was trapped in a car at the bottom of the ravine nearly two streets away’.

‘I heard him’, I said. Somehow, I had heard him.

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gospel nuggets

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Rev. E. Anderson

SEEK THE LORD

Taken from the Word for Today

WHEN JESUS was born, the biggest issue of the day was wanting lower taxes and a different government Sound familiar?

In Jerusalem, the capital, we read, ‘When Herod the King heard [about Jesus], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him’ (Matthew 2:3 NKJV). As a result, he committed one of history’s greatest atrocities by killing every Jewish baby boy under the age two, in order to get at Jesus. And today Jesus still forces a reaction in the hearts of men and women!

That’s why some people want to take Him out of the classroom, the courtroom, and government. The forces of darkness are set on a course of trying to remove His name, His influence and His authority from all public life. Why? Because when you do away with God, there’s no higher power than yourself, so you get to play God!

Lenin, the father of Russian Communism, said of Christ, ‘His kingdom is invisible, His rule is in the hearts of men, so He can’t be tolerated.’ As a result, over 20 million people died during the revolution in an attempt to build an atheistic state.

But fighting God is futile; it’s a battle you can’t win,   because   ultimately ‘… every knee shall bow… and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord’ (Philippians 2: 10-11 NIV). Every prophecy concerning Christ’s first coming was fulfilled to the letter, and every prophecy concerning His second coming will be too. So if you want to meet Him in peace, surrender your life to Him today and accept Him as your Saviour.

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