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ernest kitchenJuly 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

“But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice, Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them.  Let them also who love your name be joyful in you” _ Psalm 5;11

In the NLT & NIV Bible versions of this verse, the psalmist asks God to ‘spread His protection over them’. The Amplified Bible says ‘make a covering over them’. When I think of this promise, I imagine that Papa God spreads a huge canopy, a nice warm comforting blanket over us that provides warmth, protection and shelter all the days of our life.

The knowledge of a loving God that is brooding over us and protecting us will cause us to trust Him even more and fill us to overflowing with unspeakable joy. I chose this particular photo of cloud cover to remind me that just as the clouds can shield us from the heat of the sun’s rays, so God’s love covers us and shields us from the harshness that life can bring our way.

May each one of us snuggle under the blanket of God’s protecting love today and may our hearts be filled with joy knowing that we are safe and secure today and for the rest of our lives.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE GREAT LEVELER – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”A wicked ruler will have wicked aides on his staff. Rich and poor are alike in this: each depends on God for light. A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign”.

Read: Proverbs 29: 12- 14

When it comes down to basic human existence, light is the great leveller! Rich or poor, we depend on the rays of the sun to not only give us health and comfort but also illumination. The ability to see where we are going and be able in do the things we do, would be impossible, if we were in constant total darkness.

Whoever we are and whatever advantages life may have apportioned us, we cannot exist without light. Light brings life and in this respect it is the great leveller. Whether animal or vegetable, light is essential to existence and as

such becomes the common denominator for the propagation of every living thing.

John the Apostle said these words of Jesus, ‘In Him was life and the life was the light of men’. (John 1:4) That means without the light of God in your life you are actually walking in darkness and darkness can only result in death. The light of truth in Jesus is available to all who want to receive it, whether rich or poor. The Bible says, ‘God has given to every man a measure of faith’ – (Romans 12:3). That faith is freely available to all who have the desire to walk in the light as He is in the light. This is why whether rich or poor, light puts us all on the same level. SO make the most of it while you can!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

BLESSING OF FORGIVENESS – Psalm 32

It is truly affirmed in vv1, 2 that divine blessing is afforded to those who have been forgiven by God. The Living Bible really puts it in language to be understood and reveals what a boon it is to know this choice experience. It records, “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have covered their sins and God has cleared their record!” He makes it obviously clear that when the matter of human sin and guilt has been rightly dealt with before God, it brings freedom, relief, joy and untold happiness.

After all, he was writing from personal experience. He knew what it was to sin greatly and sense untold conviction that made life unbearable. Over a long period he carried a load of guilt and shame and was miserable in it all – vv3, 4. It was when he admitted and confessed to God his wrong doing and evil in genuine repentance, he received divine forgiveness that brought a covering and cleansing and a renewed relationship with God. What a blessing it was!

It maybe that you have slipped up and failed and sin has taken over. The worst sin is to remain in an unrepentant state. Do not wallow in your messed up state, rather turn to God, get right with Him through genuine sorrow and confession. Remember 1 John 1: 9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Be restored today in your relationship and joy!

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ernest (2)July 22nd – 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

“Put on the whole armour of God,  that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” – Ephesians 6;11

In Ephesians 6, Paul the Apostle exhorts the church at Ephesus to put on the full armour of God in order to be able to stand against the tricks of the enemy. It is interesting to note that the armour does not belong to us, but it belongs to God. It is His armour.

He has given us His helmet of salvation to guard our mind and give us peace. He has given us His breastplate of righteousness to protect our heart. He has given us His belt of truth so that we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. He has prepared our feet with shoes of peace so we can proclaim the good news wherever we go. He has given us His shield of faith so that when we lift it up, we quench all of the firey arrows from the enemy.

And last but not least, He has given us an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God so we can advance the kingdom. Our God and Father has given us everything we need to live a godly life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We stand in His armour, His power, His protection… not our own. So having done all to stand in the power of God’s might, continue to stand today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

UNBRIDLED  EMOTION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“There’s no use arguing with a fool. He only rages and scoffs, and tempers flare . . . . A rebel shouts his anger; a wise man holds his temper  and cools it”.

Read: Proverbs 28:9-11

Temper, as we know, is the unleashing of an unbridled emotion. lt could be unbridled anger, frustration, or disappointment and the like.

Whatever emotion we allow to get out of control it is usually manifesting itself by some verbal or physical outburst which, more often than not, ends up with disastrous repercussions. Things are said and done in fits of temper or rage that are afterward regretted and can be impossible to rectify. So what is the remedy for avoiding such destructive scenarios? Well, fortunately for most of us, such tendencies of uncontrolled behaviour were quickly nipped in the bud by our perceptive parents, when we were just not allowed to get away with such tantrums and we soon learned the value of self control. However there are some poor individuals who never had these outbursts put in check. This allowed their rogue temperament a free hand.

Our proverb calls these benighted souls fools, so don’t even think of getting into heated dialogue with them. There is only one way to deal with any rising heat of temper — cool it before it gets out of control.

Happy are the people who can detect the early warning signs of an uncontrollable emotion and take the necessary steps to diffuse potential explosions!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

For Jesus, there are no countries to be conquered, no ideologies to be imposed, no people to be dominated. There are only children, women and men to be loved.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A PRIORITY PURSUIT – Psalm 27

There is an evident spiritual longing in David that is a singular and a dynamic directive in his being. He has the right and best sort of craving inspiring and directing his whole inward life and he formulates it in v4 – “One thing have I desired of the Lord . . ..” This does not mean to say that he had no other personal and spiritual yearnings but that this was the one that was primary and ascendant. It reveals that he was desperately seeking a close and continuous relationship with the Lord. He wanted to get to know the Lord in all of His beauty, greatness and to discover His mind and purpose for his life. He somehow could crystallize in a clear way what was regulating his soul.

He knew that as this was fulfilled he would be infinitely better off.  In placing the Lord first he sensed he would be a priority in the Lord’s mind and agenda.  There were some very positive spin offs that was his as he applied this principle. For example, the Lord would be His light and salvation always, delivering from fear and untoward evil circumstances and foes. He would be taught the way of the Lord and receive courage and many other essentials for effective living. The Lord would afford all as he maintained his faith consistently in Him.

Is the Lord in primary place in your life? Is He your daily pursuit? Are you making honest and earnest inquiry of Him? He knows the place you give Him in your affections and pursuits and you must not leave Him in any doubt that He holds first spot in everything. The consequence of this will be seen in His obvious presence, grace and blessing on and in and through our lives in all things. As He is placed in the position of priority you will discover that He will have you always in mind and work out all things for your advantage and good.path

 

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ernest (2)July 21st – 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

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness” _ Psalm 30:11
We all struggle with grief at one time or another in life. We lose those we love. We suffer the loss of many things. In a life that ebbs and flows, there are seasons of mourning and seasons of dancing. In Ecclesiastes we read that there is a season for all things.

The promise for today acknowledges there is a season for grieving in our lives but it also points to the time when our God and Father will turn that season of mourning into a season of dancing. It is God Himself who will throw off our clothes of sadness and clothes us with joy!

In times of grief and heartbreak, God promises to be close to us. So if you are in that season, allow the love of God to fill your soul and carry you in your weakest moment. But be encouraged, that there is a time coming when God Himself will turn your mourning into dancing and will surround you with His own joy.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

BEWARE THE FLATTERER – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Flattery is easy trap; evil men are caught in it, but good men stay away and sing for joy. A good man knows the poor mans rights; the godless don’t care. .

Read: Proverbs 29:5-8

Flattery is a trap we are told and how true those words are. Only a few days ago we covered some of the characteristics of flattery and now we are cautioned once again to avoid at all cost the-flatterer.

I was surprised to read the severe description given to the one who gets sucked in by the flattering tongue. The Bible calls them evil and yet I have to admit myself to being temporarily duped into enjoying the ego trip which comes from being ‘flattered and would not like to think of myself as being evil. Deceived yes! But evil, I don’t think so.

So, why are evil men, or women for that matter, caught by flattery? It is

that sinister backslapping that comes by being encouraged in wrongdoing so as to engender a feeling of pride instead of a sense of shame for the evil which has been committed?

The following part of this proverb gives us the key to understand the effects of flattery. Flattery is based on false acclaim and motivation. It can only result eventually in the loss of all that is genuine and sincere. Whatever it may be that drives us to have an unhealthy longing for an over inflated ego, it will always bring sadness and misery. If you want to keep a song in your heart — beware the flatterer!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

When we have nothing to cling to as our own and cease thinking of ourselves as people who must defend privileges, we can open ourselves freely to others with the faithful expectation that our strength will manifest itself in our shared weakness.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PASSING THE TEST – Psalm 26

The psalmist is quite prepared to allow himself to be put through a rigid test by the Lord. He makes the prayer in v2 – “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; my reins and my heart.” There is the readiness to let the Lord scrutinize his whole inward motivation and outward conduct and he is assured that everything will be up to divine standard requirement. He knows in his being that he will pass the test not with a presumptuous pride but with a humble sense of divine help and achievement.

From further expressions in the psalm it is possible to discern why he could invite the Lord to do this and why he knew for a certainty he would receive the divine approval. He had been committed to the principle and procedure of integrity and made the Lord his trust – v1. He had refrained from being associated with evil people in their conduct of life – vv4, 5.  Throughout there had been a will to keep innocent and a will to glorify the Lord in everything and a real pleasure in being in God’s house – vv7, 8. There was no desire whatsoever to be linked up with those who were of a perverse nature and life style – vv9, 10. The mind and heart set of his whole being was to maintain the way of righteousness and that’s why he need not fear the test. He would come out of this crucial exam with flying colours.

It should be obvious, too, that we are able to live with ourselves in the awareness of our true character that has been created by the Lord. As we are upright we shall stand out for others to observe to good effect. The world requires people that possess this divine quality and you can make a valid contribution to the well being of society by your divine integrity.

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ernest kitchenJuly 20th – 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 135,000 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

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel  after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” – Jeremiah 31:33

In this promise, the Lord tells Israel that a day is coming where He will place His very law in their inward parts and write it on their hearts. No longer will they struggle to walk in God’s plan and purpose for them because His plan and purpose will be inside of them.

When Jesus died and was buried and rose from the dead, He brought in a completely new covenant where He exchanged our life for His life. Everything that Jesus had, became ours. The law of our God has now been written on our hearts because our old life has died and our new life is hid with Christ in God.

Because of Jesus, His God has become our God, and we have become His people. What a glorious promise and the fulfilment of the new covenant that God spoke of in Jeremiah’s day. We are not separate from God and His ways. He lives in us and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit. We can rest in this amazing truth. He has written His law on our hearts!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

CORRUPTING POWER – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”With good men in authority, the people rejoice; but with the wicked in power they groan…..A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it”.

Read: Proverbs 29:2-4

As I have previous quoted and take this opportunity of repeating myself, ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

At least in a democratic society there are the inbuilt checks and balances of having a government in power balanced by an opposition party. Then there are the regulatory bodies all too ready to hold to account any irregular behaviour in the public and private sector. However, even with these safeguards in place, when the wicked are in power, they can cause untold misery and devastation to the populace they control.

Some of us have lived long enough to recognise such leaders of ill intent even before they have come to ascendancy. I heard recently there

were fifty five million people killed in World War 2 between1939-1945, there were five million Europe alone. This was all because a wicked man supported by wicked minions wanted world domination and to establish his “Thousand year Reich”. How long must it have taken those 55 million families to overcome their sadness and groaning? How, if ever, would it take for them to come to grips with their human loss? Then what about today’s despotic tyrants of nations who hold their people in constant bondage and poverty? When the wicked are in power the people certainly groan — and God takes notice!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

When we have nothing to cling to as our own and cease thinking of ourselves as people who must defend privileges, we can open ourselves freely to others with the faithful expectation that our strength will manifest itself in our shared weakness.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE BLESSING OF THE LORD – Psalm 24

We are informed and instructed in v5 that God’s blessing is to be greatly and graciously bestowed on people and the previous statements make it clear on who such is to flow. All want to know and experience, in marked degree and measure, the manifold goodness of the Lord in every way, but there are certain demands that are required for it to be so. The life and character has to be free of all evil and a wholesome relationship with God established. Actions and motivations have to be right, no chasing after false deities and a freedom from lying and hypocrisy. This puts a person in a good and acceptable standing with the Lord.

He is able to give because He is a bounteous God. All belongs to Him as v1 points out – “The earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof.” Out of His infinite grace and abundance He is able to bestow and enrich those whose ways please Him. It is a blessing to be right with Him and for that righteousness to be produced by Him. But then He wills to give so much more as the psalmist discovered. Those that seek Him as underlined in v6 will not lack of His bounty but will be wholly blessed.

We need to realize that whilst we are in this life we must allow ourselves to be tested by the Lord. It is imperative that our manner of life is that which is full of divine integrity, so that we not only receive the acceptance and accreditation, but also, that those around are aware of our spiritual and moral integrity, thus leaving a good witness and testimony for the Lord. As you make your way into His presence today, be assured that He wills to enrich every part of your being and life.

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ernest (2)July 19th – 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 135,000 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

“and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” – Romans 5:5

The photo of today’s promise was taken at Niagara Falls. Since I have the luxury of living within 15 miles of this great natural wonder, it is easy for me to go there anytime I like. The volumes of water that pass over both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls are absolutely astounding. Day and night, the water continues to pour over the edge of this escarpment crashing down on the rocks below. It simply never ends.

That is why I chose this photo to illustrate the promise that God continues to pour His love into our hearts by His Holy Spirit which He has given us. His love for us is a rushing river of His goodness towards us that never ends. While this truth is more real than everything else around us, it is easy to struggle to actually comprehend the greatness of God’s love for us. I often feel that words fail to adequately describe His love.

That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that we would be rooted and grounded in love and that we would have power to grasp how big and wide and high and deep is His love for us in Jesus Christ. Just as we could never count how many gallons of water are rushing over Niagara Falls every second, we cannot measure the love that God is pouring into our hearts by any natural means.

The only way we can hope to fathom the eternal, everlasting, never ending love that God has for us is by the Holy Spirit which He has given us. Today, why don’t you ask God to give you power to grasp the vastness of His love for you? For it is through His very own Spirit that He actually pours His love into our hearts 24 hours a day, just like the raging waters of Niagara Falls.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

CRITICISM – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The man who is often reproved but refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be broken and never have another chance.

Read: Proverbs 29:1

There are two kinds of criticism and may be more if you really want to think about it. There is  ‘constructive’ criticism which is usually given by somebody who has your best interests at heart. In contrast, there is the negative brand which comes at us from a variety of directions.

If we can but see it, all criticism is good for us, even the kind that is no so well intentioned. We must always be prepared to take on board even the most unpalatable comments made about us, because it may well be, that there could be an element of truth in what is being said. Strip away all the adverse motivation behind the criticism along with your own emotional hurt or offence and it could be that such a criticism is valid.

There is no deception worse than self deception and we do well to take note in the most positive way even of negative, possibly overstated criticism. Failure to adopt this policy in our lives could leave us completely desensitized to the possibility of our own shortcomings and eventually find ourselves out in the cold, separate from society and maybe even God!

The key word here is “often”. Occasional criticism can be dismissed with a certain amount of safety. But if we are often’ reproved for the same thing then maybe we need  to take notice!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. 



DAILY MEDITATIONS

TOTAL COVERING – Psalm 23

This undoubtedly is the best known and loved of all the psalms written by David and speaks of a special and close relationship that the Lord has with His people. They are designated as His sheep and He holds the responsibility of being their personal Shepherd. This is what the psalmist found out so early in life on the Judean hills. He knew what it was to act in this role in a natural calling and was aware of the fact that this is what the Lord was to him. He provided all the covering he needed in life and for life and lacked nothing because of the Lord’s full and constant input.

In taking into account what He says, it is wonderful to note that at least seven Jehovah titles appear within it. Jehovah always signifies He is the God of the now and is ever everlastingly present. David affirmed within these ascriptions that He found the Lord to be his Shepherd, provider, peace, healer, righteousness, protector and empowerer. It becomes very obvious that he knew the Lord lived to all of his expectations. There was no need to make recourse to others because He was all sufficient. Whatever the demand may be, He was always up to it

We need to know both the psalm and the Shepherd. As you meditate in the psalm you will come to appreciate the wonder and wealth of the Shepherd of all His people, and behind and in it all you will sense His great, eternal love. It is important that you have an up-to-date accord with Him and allow Him to fulfil His role every day within your experience. Be in the position where you can say – “The Lord IS MY Shepherd.” He is delighted when you affirm this truth and He will give testimony to the reality of it

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ernest (2)July 18th – 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 135,000 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 both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers” – Hebrews 2:11

My brother is 3 1/2 years older than me. When we were growing up, he blazed the trail ahead of me in most everything in life… School, our parents, work, friends, even girls. Though we did go through many of the things that other siblings go through, my brother was always there to help guide me through life.

Throughout my school years, it was comforting to know that my big brother was always there to protect me from bullies and to help me transition from one grade to another. It is really great having a big brother!

In Romans 8, the Bible says that Jesus is the first born among many brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29). In today’s promise, the writer of Hebrews is telling us that Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, is not ashamed to call us His family. What an amazing truth! Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah… is our big brother!

He has gone before us in every way. The Bible says that He suffered every temptation common to man yet without sin. He is a faithful High Priest who understands all of our struggles. He took upon Himself our sin and He has shared His vast inheritance with us. …And He is not ashamed to be called our big brother!

My encouragement today is to take some time to reflect on the fact that God’s eternal plan was to bring you into His everlasting family so that He could be your Father and Jesus could be your big brother. What an amazing salvation we have in the Triune God… Father, Son & Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

DISASSOCIATION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“When the wicked prosper, good men go away; when the wicked meet disaster; good men return”.

Read: Proverbs 28:27-28

There come times in each person’s life when they have to choose the people they intend to be associated with. The reality is that we are judged by the company we keep. So, if we are to maintain our own personal integrity, there will be occasions when the only course left open to us is to walk away. However, there is something to be said for hanging in with some associations, especially if there is some prospect of your influence being effective.

Whenever we walk away from anything it has to be for the right reason and not just because we are looking for a way of escape. Who knows? You may be the only force for good in your present circumstances and only you and God knows whether that is the case or not. All the same, having taken all the various factors into consideration, there are definitely times when it is absolutely right for you to walk away.

When it comes to blatant evil and wickedness there is no way that God would expect you to continue an association in the hopes that circumstances might improve one day. Why, He even counsels us to walk away from those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5)

When disassociation is the only option don’t hesitate, just do it!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Helen Keller

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TRUST IN TRIAL – Psalm 22

From the words written in this psalm it is apparent that the person is going through an experience of intense difficulty, trial and pain. It commences on the note that he feels God-forsaken and that no attention is seemingly taken by God with regard to his sincere, heart-felt cry. Everything is set against and nobody is really interested in his suffering condition, in fact, a lot of abuse is turned in his direction. From the words written and quoted by Christ on the Cross it is evident that it is a prophetic, Messianic psalm relating to Him and His sufferings.

From the expressions used it is possible to discern that in spite of the problems and the pain experienced, there is a deep underlying and under-pinning trust. There is the continuance of prayer even though it is not seemingly taken note of and responded to. In the midst of the awful weakness, weariness and woe, there is still reliance upon God for intervention. Trust prevails in the trial. There is no giving in to the conditions or circumstances.

Trials of a varied nature and order will fall across our pathway that will test us thoroughly. We will be taken to points of extremity where faith and hope will be thoroughly put through the mill. It is inevitable that we shall be called to face tough moments of opposition and weakness, but the One that sustained the psalmist and the Lord on the Cross will be our strength and stay and trust will triumph. God will give you the capacity to win through.

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ernest kitchenJuly 17th – 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 135,000 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

“Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage? He doesn’t retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness” – Micah 7:18

There is no one like our God and Father. He is the kindest, most loving, most forgiving Father ever. In today’s promise, the KJV Bible says the He delighteth in mercy. This means that God actually loves to show mercy. He actually enjoys being merciful to us on every occasion.

Some images of God that we see in our society today is that of an angry old man in the sky, pointing his bony finger towards humanity in judgment. We also see Jesus in his high priestly role crying out to His Father to not pour out His wrath on the human race.

This image of God couldn’t be any farther from the truth. It was God’s idea to send His own Son to the earth because of His great love (John 3:16). It was God’s idea to adopt us into His family before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-6). Our God and Father loves to forgive our sins and show us mercy at every occasion.

May every wrong image that we have of God be consumed in the fire of His love today. May His mercy go deep into our own hearts so that we might become merciful even as our Heavenly Father is merciful (Luke 6:36).

WISDOM THAT WORKS

GREED – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Greed causes fighting; trusting God leads to prosperity.  Man is a fool to trust himself! But those who who use God’s wisdom are safe”.

Read: Proverbs 28: 25,26

Greed is the desire of destruction. It not only has the capacity to seriously disadvantage the victim who suffers loss as a result of someone’s greed, but the culprits themselves also suffer serous personal damage.

Greed like an appetite gone wild is never satisfied. Small wonder this word so easily rhymes with ‘feed’. Greed is the rapacious appetite to acquire more than is necessary or legitimate just for the sake of it. Greed can very often only be satisfied by unlawful means and almost by immoral means. Greed is wanting more than your fair share. Greed is a driving force far more powerful than the will to succeed. It is like a cancer, which if left unchecked, will eventually eat away every good, wholesome cell of your personality. Greed has to feed, but fortunately it can be starved out of existence by the chemotherapy of a giving disposition.

Happy are the children who are taught early that being greedy is like some obnoxious weed that has to be pulled out of a beautifully garden before it spoils everything. The opposite of greed is generosity. If you give it will be given unto you good measure. pressed down and shaken together, running over – (Luke 6:38) Greed can get you a lot but giving will get you even more.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Helen Keller
Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A PRAYER TO BE ANSWERED – Psalm 20

Because he had been so greatly blessed of the Lord in many choice ways, and now because he was king of a very special people owned by the Lord, he desired that the Lord would bless this people in significant manner and measure. Nothing but good will was in his heart as he voiced his longings for this people before the Lord. The psalm is a healthy and wholesome disclosure of his rich feelings for this chosen race and he knew that the Lord was able to bring all these things about. He wishes the whole nation well in God.

Six times in five verses he introduces the word ‘may’ – see (NIV). Such reveals the fact that he was overflowing and motivated with pure desire that the best would come to pass in relation to those who he was praying for. He wanted the Lord to help them especially in crisis days and experiences, to accept their gifts that would indicate His favour on them, to fulfil their hearts desires, to make all their plans succeed, to answer all their genuine prayers etc. He does not appear to leave anything out but is concerned that the Lord should enrich everyone. It shows that David had a big heart and wanted to see God’s people blessed in a big way.

We need to learn this psalm and to imbibe its spirit and contents. Instead of being locked up in our own little, selfish world, we ought to be wishing the best upon others and to see them enjoying the fullness of God’s blessing. Prayers must not be focused on self but rather on others that the Lord will move into their lives and affairs and cause Himself and His blessings to be known. Seek to pray and confer good will and blessing on all around you.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)July 16th – 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 135,000 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

“Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever” – Psalm 28:9

In this Bible verse, David is crying out for God to save His people, bless His inheritance, feed them and lift them up forever. In the NIV and NLT versions, he cries out for God to be their shepherd and carry them forever. We know that David was a man after God’s own heart.

As a boy, David learned a thing or two about the heart of a shepherd. In this Scripture passage, David is acknowledging that God is the ultimate Shepherd who has promised to feed His people and carry them in His arms forever!

In Isaiah 40:11, there is an amazing picture of God as a loving shepherd…  11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (NIV)

In Psalm 23, David takes time to describe the many benefits of being shepherded by the living God.  Whatever challenges you are facing in your life today, be comforted in knowing that God has promised to shepherd you, bless you, feed you and carry you forever!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

FLATTERY WILL GET YOU NOWHERE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“In the end people appreciate frankness more than flattery. A man who robs his parents and says, “What’s wrong with that?” is no better than a murderer”.

Read: Proverbs 28:23-24

Flattery is the act of giving somebody false praise or compliments with a view to gaining some favour or advantage which otherwise would not be forthcoming.

A compliment on the other hand is an observation of a virtue, characteristic or act, which comes from a sincere desire to make positive acknowledgement by giving praise or an expression of gratitude.

Flattery is an attempt to please the pride or vanity of the one at the receiving end of such a plaudit. To be flattered then is as much an insult to the sincere, unpretentious and genuine soul, as it is a debasement of the one using such means to gain or curry favour.

The word itself gives the game away! It is a means to soothe or ameliorate someone’s ego or sense of importance by giving a pretended adulation. Flattery means to flatten or smooth out as with dough under the rolling pin of the pastry chef. It is designed to soothe those of the obsequious ilk, who are all too ready to be compliant to anyone able to satisfy their craving for self aggrandizement.

Our proverb is right. In the end people appreciate frankness more than flattery. The chances are that frankness will help me face the truth, whilst flattery only leaves me in my self- delusional state.

QUOTES TO NOTEHelen Keller

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD IS NOT SILENT – Psalm 19

It is true to state that not only does God exist as a Being and Person: He speaks, too. He who made creatures with the power of speech and communication also possesses such in perfect and absolute measure. He is not limited in the way that He talks and makes known His mind and will. The psalmist in his personal meditations made known the fact here that he discovered God communicated with Him on two fronts.

In viewing God’s handiwork in creation he sensed God speaking to him. Seeing the heavens and the firmament he was aware they were God’s voice and word to him. Day and night and throughout the whole world their sight and sound was to be seen and heard. They loudly proclaimed His presence and power – vv1-6. He then expresses the truth of the recorded word of the Lord extant in the Scriptures. God had gone to print and had His Word published for all to read and to be aware of His counsel, purposes and procedures. He just loved reading what He had to say – vv7-11. Through His revelation he found out the path he had to tread and the way to successful living. No wonder he prayed that he would meditate aright! – v14.

Take time out today to spend time hearing God’s voice by these means. The world around, above and below, is there and gives some insights into God and it is possible for God to talk to you through these things. Let the two lips of both the Old and New Testaments bring to you the voice and mind of God that will make the day special and profitable. God is not a silent God: He speaks to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear! Be open and eager for His input today.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJuly 15th – 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

Colossians 1:12-13

“giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;  who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love”.

Each one of us were once held captive by the power of darkness before we were set free by the power of Christ and brought into His kingdom. For all who have said ‘yes’ to Jesus, our old life is now in the past tense and our new life in Christ is our present reality… Whether we feel like it is or not.

May the Holy Spirit give us revelation today to know that we have already been translated into the kingdom of our elder brother. The power of darkness has no more hold on us because of our royal position in Christ. We now live in an upside down kingdom, where the last will be first, the weak will be strong, and the poor will inherit the riches of our Father’s kingdom.

I pray that every believer will echo the prayer that Paul prayed in Ephesians that our God and Father would give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know Him better. May the eyes of our hearts would be opened so that we could really see the hope of His calling and our glorious inheritance in the saints!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Giving preferred treatment to rich people is a clear case of selling one’s soul for a piece of bread. Trying to get rich quick is evil and leads to poverty”.

Read: Proverbs 28: 21, 22

Anyone who has raised a family will soon learn the adverse repercussions that preferential treatment can bring. Begin to favour one of your offspring more than another and it won’t be longu are made aware of your favouritism. Siblings soon become aware of any preferential treatment  their brothers or sisters might be receiving.

I grew up during World War 2 when nightly air raid bombings over the UK necessitated us youngsters to be carried into air raid shelters outside our homes, when the sirens would warn of an immanent air attack. My cousin Bill lived with us at the time which meant my mother could only carry one us at a time into the Air Raid Shelter. There was always the chance I that whilst one of us was being transported to the shelter the one left behind could have been killed by the bombing. Throughout the years of almost nightly bombing, my mother adopted the position of no preferential treatment for me, her only son. Without fail she would carry us to the shelter in our order of alternate first place. I have so often admired my mother’s integrity in this matter. How pathetic then, to sell your soul for a much lesser advantage, by giving preferred treatment to some wealthy individual, who at the end of the day, might only give you some meagre morsel.

QUOTES TO NOTEHelen Keller

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LIVING BY DIVINE STRENGTH – Psalm 18

This is a very full and dynamic psalm and one of its emphases is upon ‘the strength of the Lord.’ The confession is made in vv1, 2 that David found more than anything else the Lord to be ‘my strength.’ This admits the source of life and energy on which he lived and succeeded. He found it better to draw on the might and stamina of the Lord because it was more sufficient to enable to achieve the things that needed to be accomplished within his challenging role. He could say in v32, “It is God that girdeth me with strength” and in v39, “For you have girded me with strength unto the battle.”

Because of this divine strengthening he was able to do some extraordinary things – vv29, 34. One of the things he was able to do with such stamina was to run like the deer and be able to scale and manoeuvre in the heights without difficulty – v33. The resource of God was able to accomplish so much more because he had learned the art of living in and off the strength of God. In reliance upon the Lord he discovered a continual input of energy that not only kept him going but made him sufficient for every challenge. He was up to anyone and anything by His enabling power.

This is what Paul found out in his life and work, too – Philippians 4: 13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” There comes the added encouragement to us in his letter to the Ephesians: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” – 6: 10. Today you need to be tapping into the immense resource of divine strength so that its potential will be released within the course of your being and service – see Isaiah 40:31. All the energy you will ever need is there to make you efficient and effective. Today He would clothe you with His all power so that you may be able to achieve great things for His glory and you’re good.

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FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE GREAT LONGINGS OF THE LORD

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What is evident in this section are the rich, deep consistent desires of the Lord with regard to His people. He does not conceal the truth with respect to His own personal longings with regard to their conduct and future. These are made plain in the words of the prophet. Nothing but the good, choice and best was entertained in His mind and heart concerning them and how He yearned that they would respond to those things that mattered.

(1) HE LONGED FOR A GENUINE CHANGE IN THEM — vv1-5

There is this deep-seated desire that they will truly repent and turn from theirwicked ways. He would even put the words in their minds and hearts saying ‘Let us return to the Lord’ so great is the concern in His being. lf only they will make earnest and honest movement to Him He will be there in a flash to receive and restore. But He knows that anything of that nature that may be revealed is but a flash in the pan; it is short-lived and so there is no hope of anything permanent. It is like morning mist or dew, quick to come and go – v4.

(2) HE LONGED FOR A GRACIOUS DISPOSITION IN THEM – v6

There is this strong desire that some real kindness in spirit would be birthed and expressed in and through them. They had become very callous and hard with no heart or good-will. Their attitude towards one another was brutal and left much to be desired. The process and product of sin had made them hard.

(3) HE LONGED THAT THEY WOULD REALLY KNOW HIM – v6

The sad thing about it all was they had not come to a real knowledge and experience of Him. lf only they had known an intimate fellowship and union with Him things would have been so vastly different. He was not interested in ritual and ceremony but in reality and communion.

(4) HE LONGED TO SEE THEIR FORTUNES ALTERED — v11

It is openly stated in v11 that He “wanted so much to restore the fortunes of my people!” He had no pleasure in seeing them degraded and downtrodden and missing out on the natural blessings of life. The reason why He had made and preserved them as His special possession was that He might see them blessed in every way and made the envy of the nations. He wanted them to be a wonderful testimony to His great goodness so that other nations would become switched on to Him. Even though they had been reduced to such a low condition it was essential for them top know that it was still in His heart to see all restored.

CLIMAX

Knowing that these were the wholesome desires of the Lord should have had some decided effect upon this ancient people for good, but, alas! this was not to be. It has to be remembered that these rich longings still are existent in the Lord for His       people today. It is imperative that we do not disappoint Him. This being so, we shall not be disappointed by Him.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)July 14th – 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 135,000 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

Ephesians 1:4-5 (WEB)

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;  having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

It pleased the Father to choose us before the foundation of the world. In love, He saw the day when we would say yes to the free gift of His Son’s life for our life and become born into His amazing family. Before He even spoke the world into existence, He saw us!

And our adoption is not like any human adoption, for God has given us His own Spirit as a deposit to guarantee our inheritance. We are not servants in His house, but actual sons and daughters, joint heirs with our elder brother Jesus, seated in Christ in heavenly places.

What an amazing promise! Every other promise and precept rests on God’s eternal plan to make us part of His family. As Ephesians 1:4 says, we are holy and without blame before Him in love all because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. What Jesus did on our behalf has secured our place forever as God’s kids!

1 John 3:1

“Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him”.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

PLAYING AROUND – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Hard work brings prosperity; playing around brings poverty. The man who wants to do right will get a rich reward. But the man who wants to get rich quick will quickly fall.

Read: Proverbs 28:19-20

Somebody was once commenting to a friend of how lucky they were to have prospered so much in their business ventures. The friend quickly replied with the following observation. “Yes, I find the harder l work the luckier I become!” There is something very magnetic about people who have the capacity to apply themselves with a single mindedness and tenacious commitment any given task or enterprise. They immediately stand out from the crowd. Their initiative and self motivation make them more visible, especially to an employer and it won’t be long before such industry will get rewarded.

I have already referred to some of the ‘get rich quick’ schemes which are promoted as golden opportunities to acquire instant wealth. But I have never heard yet that anyone was ever the loser by giving their best effort, be it for some personal enterprise, or for somebody else’s benefit. Either way, you will get rewarded, and not necessarily with monetary advantage, although that will certainly come in due course.

If all we want to do is play around when we should be working at something, then we shouldn’t be surprised if our net gain is poverty itself, not to mention a poor attitude to work and the poverty mentality that will follow.

QUOTES TO NOTEHelen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE ULTIMATE SATISFACTION – Psalm 17

David found above all, in life, that the Lord was the One that brought great  satisfaction. In no way was he disappointed with Him but discovered that He was the means by which he was truly blessed,, fulfilled and enriched beyond measure and that consummated in a beautiful, spiritual sensation of pleasure. There were many things that he had to face as this psalm reveals, but he knew that the Lord was with him to uphold and preserve him from all evil. There was a deep inward conviction that there was much more to be known when this life was over – v15.

Two things are most definite regarding the ultimate that gives assurance and feeling of gratification. One, he will be satisfied in beholding the Lord and he will be in a fitting condition – in a state of righteousness. His whole nature and being will have been utterly renewed and transformed as he takes on the divine likeness. There will be nothing to spoil or mar the image. Paul does say that one day when Christ returns, “as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” – 1 Corinthians 15: 49. We, too, shall be ultimately satisfied with the end result.

Thankfully we can know something of divine change and transformation here and now. In and through Christ we receive of His life and nature so that we can begin to conform to His likeness and by the Holy Spirit be changed into His image, ‘from glory to glory’ – 2 Corinthians 3: 18. The work begins now but the ultimate satisfaction is yet to be when we shall be altogether like Him. This is the marvellous promise given to all true believers and will be fulfilled at His return – 1 John 3: 1-3.

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