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

PROPHETIC WORD

What a day! Jesus Christ is alive today! What a promise, prophecy and prospect! ‘Because He lives you shall live also’. He has conquered death not only for Himself but for you, too. He now gives resurrection life and power in order that you might live a dynamic life. Enjoy Easter Day under the inspiration of His living Presence and power. Even if natural death comes, it is not of a permanent order. He is due back any moment or day to raise the Christian dead and take them to their eternal, heavenly residence. The future could not be better or brighter! ‘He lives, Christ Jesus lives today, He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way . . .’

 

 

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leadership factors

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Rev. Ian Watson

CLEANSE MY HEART

Luke 6 v 45 “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart.”

I think it is vitally important that we as leaders are challenged by our own preaching; that we preach it to ourselves before we preach it to others.

Recently I’ve spent quite an amount of time preparing ministry on the subject of ‘the heart’ and have been really challenged by this exercise.

The Bible says: “Above all else guard your heart.” The statement “Above all else” sounds like we are to make it our highest priority. Because everything we do and say flows out of it then we have to keep our heart in a controlled environment. Our spiritual heart is too precious for us to allow it to become contaminated by anything that has the potential to hijack it and make us cynical, cold and hard hearted. This would nearly always lead to us having a bitter spirit. Someone once said that ‘to entertain bitterness is equivalent to drinking your own poison.’

A refinery takes whatever comes in, refines it and then sends it out purified. Similarly, our heart does for us what a refinery does for petroleum.

So, do good things come out of our heart? – A quick heart test!

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  • If I am criticised, do I bite back or bite my tongue?
  • If I hear an unhealthy conversation, do I entertain it, spread it or kill it?
  • If I am under pressure, do I lose it or engage self control?

 

“Create in me a clean heart” seems to me to be a wise request in the light of the statement “above all else,” and certainly one I need to ask on a daily basis.

 

just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford

TRAVELLING LIGHT

In the race of life we are exhorted to “lay aside every weight” (Heb 12:1). No impedimenta should be allowed to slacken our speed or reduce our momentum in this vital progress to glory.

But what “weights” are we to cast off?

Let us look at three.

THE “WEIGHT OF WORRY”. To run the Christian race with success we must rid ourselves of the clinging doubts that often beset us. Faith wins the days, as the whole “cloud of witnesses” declare.

THE “WEIGHT” OF WRONGDOING. We sin when we take our eyes off the mark set before us. To look around is to invite disaster. We trip up when we avert our gaze from the rewarding winning-post. Anything that saps our energy or weakens our morale must go. Whatever impedes our Christian endeavour, to us that is sin.

THE “WEIGHT” OF WORTHLESS IDEAS OR HABITS. The contradiction of sinners must never deter us. No false view or vicious behaviour must hold us back. We cannot stop to grieve on some less-than-worth while ideas, we cannot waste efforts in debilitatory behaviour. Time and talent, temper and thought must all concentrate on our going. Neither gold nor grief, luxury or loss, pain or pleasure must hold us back. We run to win: the prize is “the joy set before us”.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson

PERSPECTIVE

A little girl was visiting her grandmother in the country. One evening they sat and enjoyed the panorama of stars in the heavens—such sparkling brilliance the little girl hadn’t seen, living in the city with all the lights. She was in awe of the beauty and said to her grandmother, “If heaven is so beautiful on the wrong side, what must it be like on the right side?” Marilyn McAuley

OPPORTUNITY

When one door closes, another opens but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the Closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

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healing testimonies

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OAP GIVEN LAST RITES THEN STARTS TALKING

Chaplain prayed tor woman after heart attack

A WOMAN who was given last rites as she lay on her deathbed stunned her

when she started chatting away hours later.

Mary Young had received end of life care following a heart attack and was visited by Barnsley Hospital chaplain Peter Needham in  South Yorkshire.

But her daughter Marie Gledhill, who had stayed afterwards and was talking to her about her family, shocked when Mary suddenly started replying.

HOSPITAL

Marie, 62, said: “All of a sudden she just started answering me, and then I couldn’t shut her up. I couldn’t believe it. No-one should ever underestimate the power of prayer.”

Mary, 87, had been rushed in to hospital on January 11.

Marie was contacted the next day by staff to say her mother was deteriorating and that she and brother Tommy should make their way to the hospital.

”My mum was out of it, the nurse said she could have hours or days – they just didn’t know. She didn’t even know Peter was there but he came and gave her the last rites. You could see she was in pain. She kept putting her hand up to her chest and trying to tell my brother that she loved him.                   

“I stayed with her after and was talking to her about our family and other things and all of a sudden she started answering me. It’s a miracle, there’s no other explanation. You take it as gospel what the doctors are saying, but they couldn’t believe it.

“My husband Jimmy says he wishes he had a pair of boots made out of what she’s made out of.”

When Marie visited the next day, her mother had been moved to a ward leaving Marie fearing the worst. When she found her, Mary under the impression she’d be going home.

When Mary questioned a nurse she was told Mary had been taken off end of life care, and had improved so much they couldn’t believe it.

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Mary was allowed home on January 24. She explained that she couldn’t remember anything from needing an ambulance to waking up and talking to Marie, but added she felt someone was looking down on her.

points to ponder

 

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Rev. E. Anderson

EASTER

The preacher brings  report from the Battlefield of the conflict between christ and  Satan. The news is that for the whole of humankind Jesus Christ has won the victory in the death and resurrection” – James Cox

“When death stung Jesus Christ, it stung to death” -  Peter Joshua

“I cannot give to the devil’s principle, deceitful tactic which makes many Christians satisfied with an ‘Easter Celebration’ instead of experiencing the power of Christ’s resurrection. It is the devil’s business to keep Christians mourning and weeping with pity beside the cross instead of demonstrating that Jesus Christ is risen, indeed”.  A.W.Tozer

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great stories

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THE STORY OF THE GLOVES

I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a quaint restaurant just off the corner of the town-square. The food and the company were both especially good that day.

As we talked, my attention was drawn outside, across the street. There, walking into town, was a man who appeared to be carrying all his worldly goods on his back. He was carrying, a well-worn sign that read, ‘I will work for food.’ My heart sank.

I brought him to the attention of my friends and noticed that others around us had stopped eating to focus on him. Heads moved in a mixture of sadness and disbelief.

We continued with our meal, but his image lingered in my mind. We finished our meal and went our separate ways. I had errands to do and quickly set out to accomplish them. I glanced toward the town square, looking somewhat halfheartedly for the strange visitor. I was fearful, knowing that seeing him again would call some response. I drove through town and saw nothing of him. I made some purchases at a store and got back in my car.

Deep within me, the Spirit of God kept speaking to me: ‘Don’t go back to the office until you’ve at least driven once more around the square.’

Then with some hesitancy, I headed back into town. As I turned the square’s third corner, I saw him. He was standing on the steps of the church, going through his sack.

I stopped and looked; feeling both compelled to speak to him, yet wanting to drive on. The empty parking space on the corner seemed to be a sign from God: an invitation to park. I pulled in, got out and approached the town’s newest visitor.

‘Looking for the pastor?’ I asked.

‘Not really,’ he replied, ‘just resting.’

‘Have you eaten today?’

‘Oh, I ate something early this morning.’

‘Would you like to have lunch with me?’

‘Do you have some work I could do for you?’

‘No work,’ I replied ‘I commute here to work from the city, but I would like to take you to lunch.’

‘Sure,’ he replied with a smile.

As he began to gather his things, I asked some surface questions. Where you headed?’

St. Louis ‘

‘Where you from?’

‘Oh, all over; mostly Florida ..’

‘How long you been walking?’

‘Fourteen years,’ came the reply.

I knew I had met someone unusual. We sat across from each other in the same restaurant I had left earlier. His face was weathered slightly beyond his 38 years. His eyes were dark yet clear, and he spoke with an eloquence and articulation that was startling He removed his jacket to reveal a bright red T-shirt that said, ‘Jesus is The Never Ending Story.’

Then Daniel’s story began to unfold. He had seen rough times early in life. He’d made some wrong choices and reaped the consequences.. Fourteen years earlier, while backpacking across the country, he had stopped on the beach in Daytona… He tried to hire on with some men who were putting up a large tent and some equipment. A concert, he thought.

He was hired, but the tent would not house a concert but revival services, and in those services he saw life more clearly. He gave his life over to God

‘Nothing’s been the same since,’ he said, ‘I felt the Lord telling me to keep walking, and so I did, some 14 years now.’

‘Ever think of stopping?’ I asked.

‘Oh, once in a while, when it seems to get the best of me But God has given me this calling. I give out Bibles That’s what’s in my sack. I work to buy food and Bibles, and I give them out when His Spirit leads.’

I sat amazed. My homeless friend was not homeless. He was on a mission and lived this way by choice. The question burned inside for a moment and then I asked: ‘What’s it like?’

‘What?’

‘To walk into a town carrying all your things on your back and to show your sign?’

‘Oh, it was humiliating at first. People would stare and make comments. Once someone tossed a piece of half-eaten bread and made a gesture that certainly didn’t make me feel welcome. But then it became humbling to realize that God was using me to touch lives and change people’s concepts of other folks like me.’

My concept was changing, too. We finished our dessert and gathered his things. Just outside the door, he paused He turned to me and said, ‘Come Ye blessed of my Father and inherit the kingdom I’ve prepared for you. For when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thirsty you gave me drink, a stranger and you took me in.’

I felt as if we were on holy ground. ‘Could you use another Bible?’ I asked.

He said he preferred a certain translation. It traveled well and was not too heavy. It was also his personal favorite.. ‘I’ve read through it 14 times,’ he said.

‘I’m not sure we’ve got one of those, but let’s stop by our church and see’ I was able to find my new friend a Bible that would do well, and he seemed very grateful.

‘Where are you headed from here?’ I asked.

‘Well, I found this little map on the back of this amusement park coupon.’

‘Are you hoping to hire on there for a while?’

‘No, I just figure I should go there. I figure someone under that star right there needs a Bible, so that’s where I’m going next.’

He smiled, and the warmth of his spirit radiated the sincerity of his mission. I drove him back to the town-square where we’d met two hours earlier, and as we drove, it started raining. We parked and unloaded his things.

‘Would you sign my autograph book?’ he asked… ‘I like to keep messages from folks I meet.’

I wrote in his little book that his commitment to his calling had touched my life. I encouraged him to stay strong. And I left him with a verse of scripture from Jeremiah, ‘I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to give you a future and a hope.’

‘Thanks, man,’ he said. ‘I know we just met and we’re really just strangers, but I love you.’

‘I know,’ I said, ‘I love you, too.’ ‘The Lord is good!’

‘Yes, He is. How long has it been since someone hugged you?’ I asked.

A long time,’ he replied

And so on the busy street corner in the drizzling rain, my new friend and I embraced, and I felt deep inside that I had been changed.. He put his things on his back, smiled his winning smile and said, ‘See you in the New Jerusalem.’

‘I’ll be there!’ was my reply.

He began his journey again. He headed away with his sign dangling from his bedroll and pack of Bibles. He stopped, turned and said, ‘When you see something that makes you think of me, will you pray for me?’

‘You bet,’ I shouted back, ‘God bless.’

‘God bless.’ And that was the last I saw of him.

Late that evening as I left my office, the wind blew strong. The cold front had settled hard upon the town. I bundled up and hurried to my car. As I sat back and reached for the emergency brake, I saw them… a pair of well-worn brown work gloves neatly laid over the length of the handle. I picked them up and thought of my friend and wondered if his hands would stay warm that night without them.

Then I remembered his words: ‘If you see something that makes you think of me, will you pray for me?’

Today his gloves lie on my desk in my office.. They help me to see the world and its people in a new way, and they help me remember those two hours with my unique friend and to pray for his ministry. ‘See you in the New Jerusalem,’ he said. Yes, Daniel, I know I will…

‘I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.’

My instructions were to send this to four people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you. Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached. Please do not break this pattern. Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one another. God bless and have a nice day!

‘Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives and e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask you to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your grace, In Jesus’ precious Name Amen.’

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gospel nuggets

Rev. E .Anderson

THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

Taken from the Word for Today

 

‘I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE Christian message..’ Romans 1:16 NKJV

AS A follower of Christ you can also say, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…’ Our gospel is not education or sophistication, but salvation.

It’s not reformation or rehabilitation, but redemption from the penalty and the power of sin. The Bible says, ‘If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

This is not the old car with a new set of plugs, points and a carburettor; it’s a brand new model. Notice the words, To everyone that believeth.’ By placing your trust in Christ you are forgiven from all sin, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, made fully acceptable in God’s sight and qualified for heaven.

You ask, ‘How long does a prayer for salvation have to be?” The thief on the cross prayed only nine words, ‘Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom – Luke 23: 42. The tax-collector  only seven words: ‘Lord, be merciful to me a sinner’ – Luke 18: 13. When peter was sinking in the Sea of Galilee he only had time for three words: ‘Lord, save me’ – Matt 14: 30.  And the good news is – Christ saved them all. You ask, “how can I receive this life-changing power? By faith! “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess you are saved’. As the Scriptures says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame” – Romans 10: 10-11.

 

pastor’s weekly thought

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THE JOURNEY OF SELFLESS LOVE: SETTING YOUR FACE LIKE FLINT

Jon Baldwin

Sometimes in life we have to journey through many things, sometimes the journey can be enjoyable, we often say ‘enjoy the journey’ but the reality is that sometimes in life a   journey can involve, pain, tears, frustration, sometimes we feel like giving up, sometimes we do give up, other times we push on and keep going. Jesus is our example as he journeyed to the cross. Isaiah 50:7 says ‘Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone / or like flint, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame’.

Flint is a hard type of rock that produces a spark when hit by steel. It is used for building, used for making tools. It is hard, it is tough. Sometimes life demands that we become a people who are resolute, determined, focused, and purposeful. The enemy seeks to bring distraction, the enemy seeks to bring division, opposition but the word of God says ‘set your face like a flint…’ keep going.

In Luke 9: 51 the bible says that Jesus set his face (like flint) towards Jerusalem, the biggest journey of all. Jesus went to Jerusalem when he could have gone to Galilee. Galilee represents home, safety, simplicity. Jerusalem meant death for Jesus. He turned toward Jerusalem. What road would we have taken? As you read through Luke’s gospel you will realise that Jesus pressed on to Jerusalem. In Luke 19 Jesus eventually arrives at Jerusalem. It is the time of Passover, the city is heaving with Jews from all over the known world. Rumour has it that Jesus of Nazareth is about to enter the city, the man who in their eyes is going to bring down the Romans, the man who will be crowned their King. Look his followers are now shouting and praising God for all the wonderful miracles that they have seen, ‘Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord’. Palm branches are being waved, people are shouting and cheering, praising. Jesus was not filled with the joy of the ceremony and the pomp of the occasion, if you were to look closely at his face – it would have been set like flint. The crowds thought in their minds he was going to save them and redeem them – he was, but it was going to be via crucifixion… This journey that Jesus undertook was a journey of selfless love for me and you. Thank you Jesus!

The crowds were praising God. Jesus who has his eyes fixed on the cross is undertaking the most difficult journey, it will be the most painful journey, it will end in death. Praise carries Jesus on this final section of the journey. If you are going through a journey that is difficult, don’t turn off the praise; in fact do the opposite turn on the praise. Christ’s objective, his goal, his purpose was the cross. For me and you. Spurgeon said the following:

O you redeemed ones, on whose behalf this strong resolve was made – you who have been bought by the precious blood of this steadfast, resolute redeemer – come and think a while of Him that your hearts may burn within you and that your faces maybe set like flints to live and die for Him, who lived and died for you.

Whatever journey or stage of journey you are on take comfort because: He has gone before you. He helps you. He is on your side. He has promised no shame will be yours. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. ‘Set your face’, focus on the cross. It’s time to praise. It’s time for obedience. Everything we do is about other’s – selfless love.

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a time to laugh

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Rev. E. Anderson

PROFESSOR FUNNY

Maid (to professor who was sick): “Professor, the doctor is here.”

Professor. “Dear me! I’m in bed. I can’t see him. Er—tell him I’m ill.”

The university professor and his wife were leaving church.

“Ha, ha? Who’s absent-minded now? You forgot your umbrella and left it in church, but I remembered mine and I picked up yours, too.”

Wife: “Fine—but the trouble is, neither you nor I brought an umbrella to church today!”

An absent-minded professor met an old friend as he was walking along the street. They conversed for about fifteen minutes and were ready to say farewell.

The professor asked, “Do you remember— was I going toward the college or away from the college when we met?” “You were going toward the college.” “Oh, thanks. That means I’ve had my lunch.”

 “Don’t forget we are moving today. If you come to this house this afternoon it will be empty.”

Predictably he didn’t remember until he found the house vacated that afternoon. He mumbled to himself, “And where was it we were moving to?”

He went out in front of the house and asked a little girl, “Did you see a moving van here today?”                                      ^

“Yes,” she replied.

‘Would you know which way it went?”

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She looked up at him and said, “Yes, Daddy, I’ll show you.”

 

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