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ernest (2)May 31st – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible, something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:6

Before.the foundation of the world, God set a plan in motion. He saw you and He saw me and He made provision through His Son, Jesus Christ for us to be born into His family. (Ephesians 1:3-6) It was because of His great love for us that He devised a plan for us to be able to do the good works that He prepared for us to do even before the world was created. (Ephesians 2:10)

It has always been His work, not ours. It is God’s heart, God’s vision, and God’s power that will bring about all that He has planned and purposed in our lives. That is why the Apostle Paul encourages the Philippians in today’s promise to be confident in knowing that the One who began a good work in them would would perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

The NIV Bible says that God… will carry it on to completion, the NLT Bible says that God …will continue his work until it is finally finished. Whatever translation you prefer, be encouraged in knowing that God has committed His whole heart to you finishing your race. He started the good work in you and He will finish it on the day that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to bring us home.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

OVERSTAYING YOUR WELCOME – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t visit your neighbour too often, or you will wear out your welcome”.

Read: Proverbs 25:17

My father died when I was aged twenty leaving just myself and my mother at home. Having no brothers or sisters I became the breadwinner of the family and like any normal twenty year old, I wanted to be out and about as much as possible. As far as I can remember I didn’t seem to have a really close relationship with my father although he was a good dad in every respect.

I guess the combination of this loss and my own search for possible acceptance and recognition from others, caused me to latch on to the local pastor and his wife. I took advantage of every excuse I could to go round to their home. Their kindness and hospitality was always happily forthcoming toward me and this caused me to further impose myself upon them. They were of course conscious of a stop gap support to help make up for my loss

However the day came when I read this verse in Proverbs and realized that in spite of their open-heartedness toward me I was in danger of wearing out my welcome. It may be okay for a while but God s wisdom stands true for us all. Be careful not to overstay your welcome no matter how much you enjoy it!

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Dr. Martin Luther King (Jnr)

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE DANGER OF FAMILIARITY – 1 Samuel  6:13-21

On the ark’s arrival back to Israel’s borders, the people of Bethshemesh were delighted at what they saw – v13. They welcomed the return and showed their joy and pleasure by building an altar and sacrificing the cows to the Lord. The priests were able to take the ark down off the cart and own it once again as the spiritual property of the nation. How good it was to see that their God was able to not only take care of Himself but to vindicate His Name and honour to all!

The tragedy occurred as v19 points out when the men of Bethshemesh with prying eyes looked into the ark. Instead of being filled with a sense of awe, wonder and reverence in the light of what had taken place, they wanted to be merely inquisitive and peep into the ark. Their brazened over familiarity cost them dearly -there was a loss of over 50,000 men! The Philistines had shown more respect! They needed to get a real understanding of the glory and greatness of their God.

How necessary it is that we do not become accustomed to God and the things of God! The danger is of treating the sacred as common and the awesome in a mundane manner. Because we are conversant with God, let us ever ensure that we do not demean Him in any way. We must not treat the divine in a routine fashion but always hold the Lord and all that is associated with Him in a worthy and wholesome way.

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ernest kitchenMay 30th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible, something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

 

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” – Matthew 5:8

In the Old Testament, a person could not look on the face of God and live to tell about it. Even Moses, who was one of God’s closest friends, couldn’t look at the Lord’s face and live. Yet in this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that those who are pure in heart will see God face to face.

The reason that we will be able to see God and not be consumed is because of Jesus and the price that He paid so that His life would become our life. Because of His death and resurrection, His righteousness has now become our righteousness. The Bible says that we are hid with Christ in God right now! (Colossians 3:1-3) Jesus’ holiness has now become our holiness and Jesus’ Father has now become our Father (John 20:17).

My prayer today is that the Spirit of God would make the benefits of our salvation more real to us today than ever before. Because of Jesus, we now have access into the throne room of God 24/7 without the fear of being consumed. We can boldly approach our God and Father with confidence night or day, because we have full access to Him in Christ! …Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

OVERINDULGENCE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much of it , or it will  make you sick. .”

Read: Proverbs 25:16

Overindulgence of any kind will bring with it, its own variety of sickness, be it by eating too much honey or taking more than is healthy of anything else that takes your fancy.

Overindulgence’s twin brother is self-indulgence, because in either case the ability and capacity to take more than is good for you is entirely within your power to make a choice for better or worse. Nobody else can make you overindulge or self-indulge. it is something you have the power to control. This is what makes it so easy to do. Nobody will censure you for your excess, at least not when you are an adult. Nobody can impose limitations on your desire to indulge in any way your fancy might take you, especially if you have the economic freedom to buy whatever you desire.

Overindulgence can also spill over into our emotional life. We can get hurt in our hearts and then enjoy the temporary satisfaction of some self pity. However, like anything else that self-indulgence brings our way, if we let self pity get out of control we will find ourselves with sickness of our own making.

Moderation in all things is the safest path to take and as such will bring the healthfulness it rightly deserves

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Dr. Martin Luther King (Jnr)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD’S CONFIRMATION – 1 Samuel 6

What had recently happened amongst the Philistines really got them to thinking and the need to act. Was what had taken place mere coincidence or was it due to Israel’s God represented in the ark before them? It was essential to find out so that they would know the truth. The plan was devised to appease this God and to return the ark back to Israel. And God was ready to really show this people that He was the sovereign Lord as the unique events unfolded.

The Philistines selected two cows that had recently had young with the realisation that these calves were dependent on them. As they attached the cows to the cart with the ark on, they tested something that was contrary to animal instincts. The natural inclination of those adult cows was to meet the needs of their young and yet they took the ark back to where it belonged, to God’s people. It states that in making this journey that they “went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not to the right hand or to the left” – v12. They cut a straight course through God’s direction and superintendence. The Philistines must have been aware of the uniqueness and greatness of Israel’s God in observing this miracle firsthand.

This incident should stir and stimulate our faith in God. If He could truly take over these cattle to direct their steps on the right track, surely He is able to inspire and lead us accordingly. If He proved Himself to the Philistines then surely He will confirm His presence and power to us. He has given His Word, Holy Spirit and choice servants to give true direction to both life and work. Let’s expect it in our lives so that our relationship with Him will deepen and be strengthened.

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ernest (2)May 29th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible, some thing to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“But as it is written, “Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear, which didn’t enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him”  – 1 Corinthians 2:9

When my wife and I host a birthday party or special event for our loved ones, there is a lot of preparation that goes into planning before hand. The meal, the decorations, the dessert and the gift are all given careful consideration because we want everything to be perfect. There is always a sense of excitement and anticipation as the big day approaches and we countdown to the celebration. I wonder if this is how God feels when He is preparing for us?

1 Corinthians 2:9 says that even in our wildest imagination we can’t possibly fathom the amazing things that God has prepared for us. Verse 10 goes on to say that even though we can’t grasp these amazing things in our own ability, God has chosen to reveal them to us by His Spirit.

My prayer today is that each one of us would ask the Holy Spirit to reveal more of the amazing things of the kingdom that our God and Father has prepared for us. May the Spirit of God give us power today to grasp how deep, how wide, how long and how high is His love for us in Jesus so that we might be filled to the full measure of the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE WAITING GAME – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Be patient and you will finally win, for a soft tongue can break hard bones”.

Read: Proverbs 25:15

It has been well said that patience is a virtue and one that is not all that easy to acquire. I have always been intrigued by the way the Bible often refers to patience and fervency together.

In Romans 12:11-12 we are exhorted to be patient in tribulation, and then to be fervent in spirit serving the Lord. It does seem to be on the face of it that patience and fervour are at opposite ends of the motivational scale. Patience is the ability to keep waiting for something to happen or to be accomplished independent of any effort on your part. Fervour on the other hand is to endeavour to make something happen or come into being by enthusiastic effort on your part.Was it sixteen years that Joseph had to wait before he was released from the prison which had incarcerated him because of a wrongful accusation? Was it twenty five years that Abraham had to wait before his promised seed became a reality? How many years was it before Job had the turnaround in his fortunes?

The waiting game is not an easy one to master, but if in the time spent waiting, you can keep a right spirit and a positive confession, the chances are, according to the Bible,

 A QUOTE TO NOTE – Dr. Martin Luther King (Jnr)

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE TRUE GOD – 1 Samuel 5

The Lord gave Israel a salutary lesson, with the object of radically changing things through the prophetic ministry of Samuel. However He also demonstrated and proved to the Philistines who was the true God. They thought they had won an outstanding victory over Israel and their God, but they were soon to find out otherwise. He was to make His presence and power known in a quiet, unassuming and dynamic fashion. They may have reduced Israel to impotency but it certainly was not so with regard to their God. He remained in control.

In placing the ark alongside Dagon they believed and felt that their god was supreme and if there was anything of deity with regard to the ark, then it would serve their interest. It was a remarkable thing that the next morning they made the discovery that Dagon was fallen before the ark of God. They thought it could be mere chance or coincidence and restored their god to his place only to find the next day the same thing had occurred but now the head and hands were broken off – v4. Then other developments took place with judgment falling on the inhabitants of Ashdod, Gath and Ekron as the ark was moved to these locations. They realised the ‘God of Israel’ was too hot to handle and the need to dispose of His threatening presence and power. It states, “But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them” – vv6, 7, 11. The Lord needed no assistance as He showed His sovereignty.

God is never at the mercy of His own people or other nations and men. He is well able to look after His own Name and interests and will vindicate Himself before all. He shows that He is Sovereign and can do extraordinary things to affirm His position. It is always best when His sovereignty works for our good and this will be so as we are fully obedient to Him and walk in His ways. We, too, can discover and know He is not only the true God; He is OUR God.

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ernest kitchenMay 28th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.  To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of my God” – Revelation 2:7
In chapters 2 and 3 in the book of Revelation, we read how Jesus has a specific message for seven of the churches that were around in that day. The words that Jesus spoke to these churches was very sobering indeed, but I think it is important to remember that each one of His messages ended with a promise.

In today’s Scripture passage, Jesus finishes off His exhortation to the church at Ephesus with the promise that those who overcome will eat of the tree of life in the garden of God. This is an incredible promise of complete restoration for all those who are in Christ. Everything in humanity’s history began in a garden and it was from those lofty heights that Adam and Eve fell. It has always been God’s heart to restore to His people to all that was lost the day Adam and Eve left the garden.

In today’s promise, Jesus reminds us that those who overcome will be restored to even more glory than what

Adam and Eve enjoyed before they fell. No matter how difficult life can get here on earth, may we all be reminded that our destiny is to live forever, completely restored to all that our Father originally intended for us. Because of the finished work of our Elder Brother Jesus, you and I will one day taste of the choicest fruit from the tree of life itself. Hallelujah!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

BROKEN PROMISES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“One who doesn’t give the gift he promised is like a cloud blowing over the desert without dropping any rain”‘

Read: Proverbs 25:1 1-14

How often our children would try to get us to promise in an effort to secure the something they were wanting Whether it some special outing or  they knew that if we promised then it definitely happen, but if they only received reply like, well we’ll see about it’ then was no binding commitment

It is so important in the raising of a family promises are kept so as to teach the ethic one’s word is one’s bond. Broken promises stab at the heart of personal integrity and allowed to go unchallenged will rob us of credibility that is so essential if we are going be trusted at all

Trust is the foundation stone of any and once that is shattered especially in realm of our spoken word it becomes difficult, though not impossible, to re-establish that trust Like the cloud blowing over the dry terrain, it looks full of the promise of rain, but in the end brings deep disappointment because it doesn’t come up to expectations

Like it or not, when we create high expectations through the promises we make, if expectations are not realized without a really good reason, then we deserve the loss any reputation we may have achieved

QUOTE TO NOTE – Dr. Martin Luther King (Jnr)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE JUDGMENT – 1 Samuel 4

The time arrived when God had to take action against Israel because of her perverted ways and the principal culprits were Eli’s sons. It was inevitable because there had been no repentance or amendment in spite of what God had said. And so the Philistines were used to bring chastisement and correction – v2. They presented themselves as a formidable opposition and had seemingly immediate success in overthrowing God’s people.  Israel was defeated and lost a lot of men in the battle as they were utterly routed.

God’s people thought that the reason for the defeat lay in the fact that ark of God had not led in the contest. Here we note that their faith and confidence was not in God but the symbol of His presence. They had no real idea of Him or His ways and so were in disaster again. The sons of Eli were slain and the ark taken by the enemy. When the news arrived to Eli about the ark and his sons he was grieved, fell and broke his neck. His daughter-in-law, who was pregnant, gave sudden birth at the expense of her own life. She named her son before her decease – Ichabod – “The glory has departed from Israel.” – vv21,22. It was a grievous blow and set back.

When the Lord is dishonoured by sin then there is sure to be the inevitable divine judgment. Those in leadership must be watchful of their ways because of the wider implications. To avoid finishing up in this kind of experience, attention must be given to maintaining the highest spiritual, scriptural and moral standards. One cannot afford to be careless in our relationship with God and His Kingdom. Failure to know and abide by His requirements always leads to inevitable loss.

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ernest (2)May 27th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible, some thing to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“He answered them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them” – Matthew 13:11

In today’s passage of Scripture, Jesus tells His disciples that it was His Father’s plan for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus had just finished telling the crowds the parable of the sower and the seed and then He took the time to explain to His beloved friends the meaning of this story.

Jesus did this because it wasn’t His intention to keep His disciples in the dark. His desire (and His Father’s desire) is always to deepen our level of revelation of the vastness of the kingdom in which we are called to live in. He doesn’t want us to be left in the dark because we are called to be children of light!

It gives our Father great pleasure to give us His kingdom. (Luke 12:32) In John 5:19-20, Jesus made this statement… 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. (NIV)

Our God and Father loves to show us what He is up to by the Spirit which He has given us. May each one of us see an increase of revelation into the mysteries of the wonderful kingdom of God in the coming days and with childlike awe and wonder be totally blown away by our Dad’s goodness.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SELF-IMPORTANCE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t demand an audience with the king as though you were some powerful prince. It is better to wait for an invitation rather than to besent back to the end of the line, publicly disgraced!”

Read: Proverbs 25:6-7

We are exhorted in the scriptures not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought but to always maintain a sober assessment of our importance. (Romans 12:3) Now this does not mean that we deliberately demean ourselves or adopt some fake disposition of false humility, but it does require us to comply with certain conventions of behaviour.

We have all seen how nauseating it is to see those crass, pushy types wanting to get attention and jump the queue in the mistaken delusion of their superior importance. Normal folk are happy, or maybe not so happy, to wait their turn, rather than have the embarrassment of being sent to the end of the line. Let me say again, lest I get the balance wrong, there is a place for rightful personal assertiveness but such assertiveness is not based on a pecking order of importance. Self importance, like self-praise or self anything else, is no recommendation whatsoever. Whenever there is the tendency to pull rank, for whatever purpose, remember that your rank might not be as influential or accepted as you think it to be.

It far better to wait for an invitation to be extended to you, because in all probability, this will be the measure of your importance.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – A. A. Milne

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

BECOMING GOD’S MESSENGER – 1 Samuel 3: 11-21

This young boy came to realise that God was calling him to be His special messenger at a needful time.  He showed his merit and worth at the outset in that he was prepared to speak the serious word of the Lord to Eli. The demand upon him was quite a difficult one but he showed his loyalty to God in this. It was a test run and he passed it with flying colours. This new messenger who was to become a major prophet would fit in with God’s design at that time. As he conducted his ministry to and for the Lord he would turn out to be a divine success.

Having established this contact, the Lord began to build on it and Samuel matured in every way. There came the maximum development of his character and the Lord was pleased to be identified with him. It would seem that he developed a real rapport with the Lord and the people began to sense that he had the divine answers into the situations of their day and circumstances. There was a unique touch upon him so that when he conversed with the people they were aware of the fact that God was talking with and through him to solve matters. The word of the Lord was on his lips and so everyone had good reason to be hopeful for the future. God had raised up a true messenger that would sound out His mind and will.

There is still a demand for people to and through whom the Lord will speak to His people and to the world. How vital it is that we become the mouthpiece of God so that there will come an understanding of Him and His plans! As you live to and for Him, He would use you as His messenger so that people will become switched on to Him and that they will come to know He has the answers to life and all it entails.

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ernest kitchenMay 26th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” – Matthew 5:6

When a person is hungry or thirsty in the natural, they are aware that they have an emptiness that needs to be filled and they will look for opportunities to meet that need. For example…Nothing tastes better than a tall glass of chilled water when you are thirsty, or a roasted turkey dinner when you are famished. However, if you try to offer a person an all-you-can-eat buffet after they have just finished eating, then they probably politely decline. will pr

I think it works the same way in our spiritual life. When we are thirsty for the things of God, all our spiritual senses are open to pursue the things that will quench our thirst. I know in our ministry travels, my wife and I meet a lot of spiritually hungry people. I believe that this hunger stirs up people’s expectations which creates at atmosphere of faith in the room. I enjoy speaking in these types of meetings the best!

However, being hungry can feel frustrating at times. Instead of feeling the satisfaction of being full, a person is left in a place where they are still longing for more. The longer a person is in that place, the more frustrated they can feel. After all, no one likes to be hungry for long periods of time.

If you can relate to being hungry and thirsty for God, be of good cheer! In today’s promise, Jesus deals with this issue of spiritual hunger and promises that our Heavenly Father will fill every hungry and thirsty heart. If you are hungry for more of God, that is a good indication that you are in a good place!

I believe it is God that has created this hunger for more of Him and He promises to fill you to overflowing. Blessed and happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (right standing with God), for they shall be filled!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SLEEPHEADS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“l walked in the field of a certain lazy fellow. . . .. then I looked and learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest. . .”

Read: Proverbs 24:30-34

My mother used to say, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” and to this I heartily concur. Too much sleep is not good for you because it develops into a kind of metabolism of lethargy in the body. Eight hours sleep is the most we should need for the replenishing of the energy needed to take us through a normal working day. After an average of eight to ten hours required for us to earn our living, we are left with around six hours for recreational and discretionary activities. It is as important for us to fill these hours with wholesome pastimes as it is for us to give our energies to the acquisition of our wealth.

To spend our leisure time just moping around like a couch potato will breed a disposition of sluggishness. This in turn, will rob us of the motivational impetus we all need, to attend to the normal tasks and responsibilities we all have to attend to.

I take an interest in observing the state of peoples gardens at the front of their homes. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to conclude who the sleepyheads are and where a couch potato mentality has already struck! Whilst there may be legitimate reasons for having an unkept garden the sleepy head reason is usually the most common.

 A QUOTE TO NOTE – A. A. Milne

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DUAL AVAILABILITY – 1 Samuel 3: 1-10

God broke through in this young boy’s life at a very early stage. He had rather a unique birth and an unusual entrance into service for the Lord. It is apparent that he was diligent from the outset of his life and work. He was always eager and willing to give devoted service to Eli the priest. This is obvious from the fact that when he heard a voice he assumed it was the priest and immediately hearkened.  He did not hang around but promptly responded. Thus he expressed his instant availability to his spiritual mentor.

In the discovery of the fact that it was the Lord’s voice that was summoning him, he likewise reflects this same disposition. He said: “Speak; for your servant heareth” – v10. His first words to the Lord make known the inward condition of his being. There was the instant readiness to submit and make self available to the One that would be the real and lasting Master in his life and ministry. This was to become the basic exemplary attitude for the rest of his life and service.

This is a principal objective of what the Lord would create and cultivate in us, the disposition to be always available for Him. Our wills must become totally surrendered to Him so that He can create and produce His perfect plans in relation to His purposes and at the same time enable us to achieve our divine destinies. The time had to come in Isaiah’s life when he had to affirm his position. He could truly say – “Here am I; send me” Isaiah 6:8. Make yourself available to God today.

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This is a series of studies and outlines presented weekly on the Minor Prophets that I trust will prove helpful, beginning at Hosea.

A PROPHETIC ILLUSTRATION

HOSEA 1

This is quite a unique and telling personal story of how God called upon a man who was His servant to marry a prostitute. There are those that are of the opinion that she was not such when Hosea married her but that she had a spirit of prostitution in her when they were joined together as man and wife and this unfaithfulness was to reveal itself later in the marriage. It was purposed that this would serve as an illustration and a poignant revelation of Jehovah in relationship with His covenant people – v2. It can be appreciated, it was to turn out to be a very demanding and painful experience for His servant but he was ready to respond to the direction. In the first revelation three children are to be born to Gomer, whether they were Hosea’s children one is not clear but he showed his responsibility in spite of her waywardness and wickedness. The naming of the children was to convey important messages on a wider front to the nation.

1/. THE FIRST CHILD IS CALLED JEZREEL — ‘GOD SOWS’ — vv3-5

The simple meaning in the name was ‘God sows’, at this particular point, in judgment. The northern part of the nation was to know the severe hand of God in bringing desolation which affects their union. Because of her wicked whoredom she is to experience great punishment. The time has come when the inevitable has to occur. It is to suffer because of the way she has behaved and is represented in what the monarchy had done.

2/. THE SECOND CHILD IS CALLED LO-RUHAMAH — ‘NOT LOVED vv6.7

This child was an expression of the awful truth of not being wanted and loved. Possibly the worst thing in life is not to be loved and wanted and it must be a terrible thing to sense and feel and to cope with. It could well have been that she was a child of prostitution and Gomer was not really bothered about her birth or existence and even Hosea may not have been very profuse in affection. The truth is, God is saying to His people, “you have forfeited my love by your doings, taking yourself out of my covenant and covering”.

3/. THE THIRD CHILD IS CALLED LO-AMMI – ‘NOT MY PEOPLE.’ vv8,9

This would kind of suggest ‘divorce.’ The birth of this child was the last straw. Hosea had no alternative seemingly but to part company and send her away. She is to be rejected and left to face the music of her carrying on with other men. Israel is to be sent into slavery to learn a hard and bitter lesson.

CLIMAX

But it is not to end like this. The love and grace of God is to break out in a greater manner and measure and restore the broken relationship between the two parts of the nation and make them one again and one with Himself – vv10-11. A miracle is to occur later on that will deal with this sordid situation and effect a pure and true union and where the names are to take on new meaning. God sows in blessing and where they will be ‘My people’ and ‘the one l love.’

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ernest (2)May 25th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”For his anger is but for a moment. His favour is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning” – Psalm 30:5

I can remember times when our children were young, they would sometimes do things that required my discipline. Even in the most serious of situations, my displeasure with them only lasted but a moment. Any loving father or mother knows that little kids will inevitably make some mistakes along the way and there is loads of grace for that.

I always anticipated being able to get back playing with my kids as soon as possible after a moment of discipline. There is an old saying that parents have said throughout the generations just prior to dealing with issues of correction… “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” As a child myself, I had a hard time believing this statement, but as a parent, I can really identify with it.

If we in our humanness feel this way towards our children, how much more does our Heavenly Father feel this way towards us! That is why King David says in today’s promise that God’s displeasure only lasts for a moment, but His favour is ours for life!

May the love of God dismantle every wrong belief that we have of the character and nature of our Heavenly Father. He loves to love us at every turn! He can’t help but love because He is the epitome of love itself! May you feel His favour shining upon you today and for the rest of your life!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SPITEFULNESS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t testify spitefully against an innocent neighbour; Why lie about him? Don’t say, “Now I can pay him back for all his meanness to me!”

Read: Proverbs 24:28-29

All children, wherever they may live in the world, are the classic examples of spitefulness. It doesn’t take us long to learn how to harbour grievances or grudges against our brothers, sisters and friends who may have been mean to us. How gleeful we are when we can get our own back in some spiteful scenario, only to be reproved by our parents for not returning good for evil.

In those early years it all seems the wrong way round to us. Surely if somebody has treated me badly then it is only fair that I return the compliment and with compound interest added on for good measure! Of course we make allowances for our youngsters in the knowledge that they have yet to form the social and moral character that will enable them to resist the temptation to get even. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight and sadly sometimes is never learnt by some folks even into adulthood.

Spitefulness is the manifestation of unbridled resentment and if not dealt with effectively will go on to become anger, then bitterness and ultimately unforgiveness.

Deal any expression of spitefulness a death blow now before more serious tendencies take a foothold.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – A. A. Milne

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A WORTHY PURSUIT – 1 Samuel 2: 22-36

The Lord makes it perfectly clear what the principle and pursuit should really be within every person that would have a rewarding relationship and experience with Himself. It could not be more precise and direct – v 30 “For them that honour me I will honour, and they despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” This was and is to be the governing rule and procedure in the outworking of life here on earth before Him. He was making this known by a man of God to Eli the priest who ought to have known this and implemented it within the framework of his family.

He had two sons who were a disgrace to God, to himself and to God’s people. They were disobedient and rebellious and should have been put out of office and work for the Lord, but he did not do so. He permitted them to do outrageous things that affected the welfare of the worship of the people towards God and did not remove them from the role of priests. They were not worthy in their conduct and certainly did not merit credit from the Lord. The Lord warns that He will take action – vv31-34. The Lord cannot be fooled around with impunity.

Let us see that all we do today and always is in accord with His mind and will and that we will cultivate the right spiritual attitude in outworking everything in our lives. Our aim, like Christ, should be to ‘always do those things that please the Father’ – John 8:29. One could not have a worthier motivation or pursuit. In honouring and pleasing God, He has His own way of returning the compliment and compensating in magnificent ways and style. Daniel ever respected the Lord and, as a consequence, knew and enjoyed the rich promotions of God. He will do the same for you as you dedicate your life and work in this way.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestandersonMay 24th– 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment” – 2 Peter 2;9

There are plenty of troubles that come in the package of fallen humanity. This is not how our God and Father first intended it to be. Our Heavenly Dad’s intent was that Adam and Eve would not have sinned and would have lived forever in the safety and security of the garden of Eden

Living in a place of unconditional love and protection, they wouldn’t have even had a frame of reference for the word ‘trouble’. And of course, that would have meant that every generation since them would have enjoyed the same benefits.

We do not have the time or space to unpack the consequences of their decision back in the garden, but it is important for each one of us to know that God’s intent for us has never changed. His heart has always been that we would all live with Him in a place of safety and security (Psalm 91), living in the secret place of the Most High.

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He spoke these words to His disciples in John 16:33… “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

Troubles do come whether we like it or not. Be comforted in knowing that our Elder Brother and Savior has overcome the world and our Heavenly Father has promised to rescue us from all our troubles.  May the reality of this promise go deep into each one of our hearts today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Develop your business first before building your house”

Read.” Proverbs 24:27

The great Aussie Dream of owning your home is promoted ad infinitum through media advertising of the various financial institutions. This is born out by the statistics that Australia has the highest per-capita home ownership than any other country in the world.

Now this is all well and good as a worthy objective, because as we know, real estate one of the most secure assets you can possess. However, it is not the ‘be all and end all’ of experiences. Happy are the people who have their priorities right when it comes to the valued investment of their precious human resources.

The first priority is not the building of your dream home. The first priority is the building of your skills that will enable you to get your dream home. Build your knowledge base first because with knowledge there is power. The power to choose what is best for you. The power to invest your time and energy in the pursuit of the skills that will enable you, along with God’s blessing on your life, to create wealth. The power to provide for yourself with an income that will not only meet your personal needs, but eventually all those who will be looking to you to provide for them. Proverbs is right. Put first things first, then build your house.

A QUOTE TO NOTE  Abraham Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A RICH REWARD – 1 SAMUEL 2: 21; Job 42

Little did Hannah know what was in store for her. She was content in the fact that her barren days were over and that she was a mother. That gave her great relief and gratitude. But it didn’t stop at that. The Lord saw the genuine spirituality and commitment of her life and decided on something else that would rich bless and enhance her. There was to be a rich reward of a divine kind that would bless her for the remaining days of her life.

The great compensating factor lay in two directions: addition to the family of a further three sons and two daughters, and on top of that, she was to see her firstborn rise to be the beginning of a new line of prophetic ministry. He was to carry great spiritual influence and conduct a powerful ministry for the Lord in her nation. She lived to see her cup full and running over as the blessing multiplied in her life and all would witness the Lord’s goodness. The long endurance had proved to be beneficial from every angle.

When there has been faith and fidelity to the Lord over quite a period of time to the Lord, it yields its blessed results. No one is the loser or comes out the poorer for having believed in and honoured the Lord. Job discovered he got twice as much at the end. You are yet to taste of His amazing grace in this connection as you hold true to the Lord at this time. The coming days and the future bring an unfolding of Him and His tremendous benefits to you as you look only to Him.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)May 23rd – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

 Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound” – Isaiah 61:1

Isaiah 61 was a prophetic declaration of the ministry that Jesus would usher in when He started His public ministry. God’s heart has always been to proclaim good news for everyone who needs to hear it. He opens up every prison door and He sets every captive free! Hallelujah for a Saviour who is so committed to our personal freedom!

His proclamation of freedom is as relevant today as it was the day that Isaiah penned these words. God wants us to be completely free because where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty! (2 Corinthians 3:17) My prayer today is that every prison door that still holds us captive would be consumed by the love of God so that we could live a really free life. It is for the very love of freedom that Jesus has set you and I free! (Galatians 5:1)

May each one of us experience a deeper level of God’s freedom today than we have experienced before. May every weight be lifted off our shoulders and may the joy of the Lord be our strength. He never created us to be captive. We were created to be free!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

A FRANK REPLY – Rev. Bob Stevenson                                    

“It is an honour to receive a frank reply?

Read: Proverbs 24:2

This must be the shortest of all the Proverbs yet stunningly simple in its declaration. So, I ask myself the question it poses. Why is it such honour to receive a frank reply?  I came up with the following reasons. Firstly, to be able to receive a frank and honest reply you have to be secure in who you are as a person and who you are in Christ. Secondly, you have to be mature enough to accept any valid criticism that ma be conveyed to you in a frank reply. Thirdly, there has to be a measure of emotional stability that enables you not to retaliate, or react out of hurt or anger, should something be said to you that touches a raw nerve in your psychological defence mechanism.

Lastly, there has to be a spirit of humility that is prepared to acknowledge the possibility of shortcomings and weaknesses which we would be better off knowing about so that some corrective procedures can be put in place. Such corrections can only help in making us that better person.

I must confess that these kinds of responses or reactions are not easily come by and those able to display them deserve the honour of which such responses are worthy.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Abraham Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A GRATEFUL HEART – 1 Samuel 2: 1-10

This God-fearing, believing woman was so full of gratitude to the Lord because of His gracious intervention into her barren state that she made a solemn promise – “Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord, as long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord.” Added to this, she was overwhelmed with gratitude and exploded in thankfulness and praise. She got a wonderful, ecstatic view of the Lord and could not refrain from expressing her immense regard of Him. The Lord had lifted her into a new dimension and dynamic as she pondered Him and His workings.

One thing that the Lord does is to deal with the proud and the arrogant and to raise the lowly into a glorious status. He works on behalf of those in extreme need and ensures that they are blessed in a magnificent way. The former situation was lost sight of because He performed a miracle on her behalf and turned the whole thing completely round. The trial had led to the triumph of the Lord and brought about a completely new position for her. She was no longer down but on top of the world with the Lord as her Redeemer and Blesser. He is worthy to be praised! Beyond all!

It is good to review what God has done and as a consequence overflow with worship and praise. So much, more good is wrought in and through us as we adopt a similar attitude. It paves the way for even additional blessings and helps us to effectively cope with any current situations. Let thankfulness to God characterise this day and see what He will do.

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