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Mar 27th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.

FULFILMENT – INTO THE PROMISED LAND – Joshua 3

It was ever the intention of the Lord that His people should enter and possess the inheritance promised to Abraham. It was not His will that they should live and exist in the desert indefinitely. The time came when God’s people need to get a new vision and passion and fulfil the expectations that had been promised. No longer were they to linger and longer in a dissatisfied situation. The prospects that the Lord had in mind was good and so a fresh beginning was called for.

Thankfully there were two good, courageous, believing men that were ready for action. Joshua was summoned to take over the leadership after Moses departure and he did not hesitate. There was a formidable obstacle to negotiate at the outset and the Lord gave clear direction how Jordan’s river was to be crossed. He who parted the Red Sea was still up to performing another miracle and also secure the downfall of Jericho. They were to enjoy an unprecedented and memorable movement into the Promised Land. What fulfilment took place at the outset!

So the challenge is before you: either stay put where you and exist in fear and doubt and lack of realisation or move into all that God has planned and promised. Do not merely exist but be filled with a heavenly and holy enthusiasm sensing this is your day for great dreams to be realised. Be amazed and wonder as you look back and see where the Lord has brought you from and what he has brought you into – A LAND OF GOOD THINGS.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Fear

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie Motivational, Home,

SACRED SONGS

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

A lovely hymn to be sang on the Lord’s day morning together. On this choice day of the week it is good to set the mind and heart in the right place with the Lord so that all will flow as it should in glorious living and service. To be in a quiet place of being where he can input and infuse with His presence and word so that things may move further ahead in relationship and labour,

John Greenleaf Whittier, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era.

1/.  Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

2/.  In simple trust like theirs who heard beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee.

3/.  O Sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

4/. Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.

5/.  Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PERFECT PEACE– Isaiah 26

The Lord gives an assurance that His people will enter into the blessedness of perfect peace. In point of fact there is an emphasis here. It should read, “peace, peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee” – v3. According to Adam Clarke it means as in keeping with the Jewish greeting – “Shalom, shalom” and implies “peace upon peace – all kinds of peace – happiness in this world and in the world to come.” God’s own peace is transmitted to those who learn to place their mind on Him. As this is done, His mind and spirit begins to flow through and produces a composed and balanced state from which life is to be governed.

The word ‘keep’ is that used of a garrison that is well fortified and protected and can resist all that would seek to besieged and conquer. The within is in a place of strength and security because there is the personal sense that the omnipotent Lord is in absolute and perfect control. Faith relies upon Him and discovers that He is altogether sufficient to deal with all that would offend and seek to demean and destroy. God’s people were to know beyond any doubt that He would defend them and preserve them from all evil and make their way prosperous.

Every Christian believer can experience this peace in and through Christ. Both thought and emotion can be kept perfectly stabilized and composed so that nothing and no one will be able to create panic and turmoil. The promise is given when all is handed over to the Lord: “and the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4: 7. Enter into your divine legacy of peace right now and let it direct your life in all things at all times.

welcome to this christian website

Mar 26th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.

FULFILMENT IN WORK THAT IS DEMANDING – Genesis 6-8

Work can demand a lot of hard labour, toil and sweat before anything is constructed and brought to fulfilment. One can take encouragement from the fact that although Noah and his sons were given a gigantic task to perform in the building of the ark; they seemingly responded readily to God. There had been no rain up to that point in time, yet he accepted the revelation of God and acted responsibly.

It was not a five minute exercise but required commitment and diligence of an extraordinary kind until all was consummated. There may have been moments of frustration, weariness and exhaustion, but there was a will present to persist until all was completed. The bones may have severely ached at times, but somehow they were inspired and emboldened to keep at it till they saw the boat fully made.

Know what the LORD has assigned to you even of a practical order and do not shirk in the enterprise. There are times when you must roll your sleeves up, bend your back, step out and get on with the specific directions you have received. He will be alongside to lend a hand and grant all that is required until all is brought to pass with immense satisfaction. Don’t merely dream, get on with what you know has been detailed from Him

QUOTES TO NOTE – Fear

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

SACRED SONGS

Speak, Lord, in Thy Stillness

The Christian believer should discover and know the voice and word of the Lord amidst life and experience. For it to become a constant and vital reality, there must be the learning to sit quietly before Him and to have one’s mind and heart to open to Him. This has to be cultivated over the course of time. It becomes the most profitable engagement of life in relationship with God. Make sure you spend time in His presence today and hear what He has to say to you.

1/.  Speak, Lord, in the stillness while I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen in expectancy.

2/.  Speak, O blessed Master, in this quiet hour;
Let me see your face, Lord, feel your touch of power.

3/.  For the words You speak, Lord, they are life indeed;
Living bread from heaven, now on my spirit feed!

4/.  All to You is yielded, I am not my own;
Blissful, glad surrender,  I am yours alone.

5/.  Fill me with the knowledge of your glorious will;
All your own good pleasure in your child fulfil.

DAILY MEDITATIONS  

A CONSOLING TRUTH – Isaiah 25

The prophet is simply thrilled with the Lord as He receives a further revelation of God and His deeds. He cannot help but praise and honour God as he reflects upon the Lord’s plans and accomplishments. There is every reason to magnify Him when he contemplates the way He has dealt with wicked people and nations. At the end of the day these will all have to acknowledge the supremacy of the Lord. They will recognize their folly and have to confess the glory and power of the real Head of the World.

He can rejoice that in spite of the evil and pressure that is exerted, the poor and needy have discovered a retreat, relief and resource at such times. Even when the storm and oppression of evil has been manifested, the Lord has been able to succour and support those who have been under such withering attacks. A divine shade and covering has been provided from the severe heat that would have destroyed and finished them off. The consoling truth is that He has and will be the needful protection from all harm.

There is no change here: the Lord is the One that is the Refuge of His people. As He throws His presence around and about His own, He is able to safeguard them and their interests. The poor are rich when they have Him watching over their persons and welfare. It is possible for you to discover amidst all the heat and pressure of evil and circumstances that would destroy that He can and will be your essential cover. The psalmist could say: “I will fear no evil for You are with me” – Psalm 23: 4. Be assured, He is able to provide all the covering you will ever require in life and bring you through every trying experience richer and fully blessed.

 

 

welcome to this christian website

Mar 25th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – To Overcome the Greatest of Conflicts – Hebrews 12: 1- 3

Hebrews 11 gives a great list of people who knew what it was to receive and express strength in their day and generation amidst immense trials.. .It says of them that ‘out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight’ – v34. But then attention is turned in chapter 12 to Christ who knew what it was to manifest exceptional strength in His conflict with Satan, sin and suffering. His final hours saw Him in great natural weakness but at the same time exuding immense power and enduring until He had won. His final words were: It is finished’ and “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’. They are the words of a Victor.

The whole of Christendom must learn to look to Him as its example and draw from Him His reserves of life and courage that enables to complete and register conquest. No matter what lies before, those who profess Christ must discover that through His enabling presence and input they can more than answer every trying situation. Church history is replete with story after story of ordinary Christians sensing the extraordinary inflow from Christ and witnessing amazing triumphs.

The positive assurance that was in the apostle must become an integral part of your faith language. He said and meant it: “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” – Phil 4: 13. Impotent people can be inspired and reinforced with the might of heaven and more than deal with all that would challenge. The greatest conflicts can be turned into the grandest of conquests.

QUOTES TO NOTE Family

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. Frank Abagnale Life, Father, Peace

SACRED SONGS

I’m Pressing on the Upward Way,

The real strength of Christian life and living is having a clear vision and to keep on whatever happens to secure it. Much occurs to try and prevent is coming to pass, but Christians must learn to press on and through until the objectives are secured. At, the conclusion it wilkl prove to be that it has been worth all the effort commitment pain etc.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert’s Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.

1/. I’m pressing on the upward way,  New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Refrain:
Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found; Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

2/. My heart has no desire to stay  Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound, My constant  aim, is higher ground – refrain

3/. Beyond the mist I fain would rise, To rest beneath unclouded skies,

Above earth’s turmoil peace is found  By those who dwell on higher ground – refrain

4/. I long to scale the utmost height Though rough the way, and hard the fight,

My song, while climbing, shall resound, Lord, lead me on to higher ground – refrain

5/. Lord, lead me up the mountain side I dare not climb without my Guide;

And, heaven gained, I’ll gaze around, With grateful heart from higher ground – refrain

DAILY MEDITATIONS

ON THE THRONE – Isaiah 24

A distinct prophetic revelation is given of the Lord mounting the throne of Jerusalem, the Holy City – v23. The previous verses are all about the Lord dealing severe judgment on the whole earth and upon the fallen angels and the ultimate disclosure and sight is of Him ascending the seat of authority in the royal and divine city. All that is to take place by Him in the way of punishment upon the nations of the world, against the wicked and sinister powers of evil, is the result of His sovereign decision and action. There will come the hour when He will show who is the One who is really in charge of proceedings.

There will be the superb display of His majestic authority as He manifests His regal position as the Head of the Nations. His headship and leadership will be undisputed and unrivalled as He exercises control. All leaders, especially those of the chosen race, will express their allegiance to Him in worship, faith and obedience. This is something to look forward to at the end of time when He displays all authority and power. The revelation is purposed to give real hope to the people of God in the final outworking of their destiny.

For those who comprise Christendom, there is not the glorious waiting for the fulfilment of the prophecy. Already we have vision of the glorified situation of Christ on His throne in the heavens. When He ascended on high it was to take His rightful place at the right hand of the Father where He evidences His authority within and over the Christian community. He is now Lord and all Christian leaders and members must learn to live under His Lordship. Make sure He is your King!

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Mar 24th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – To Endure Suffering – Job 2

Many individuals within the scriptures knew what it was to be put through their paces with regard to pain and suffering, amongst them is Job. Everything was successfully moving along in an unprecedented season of growth and blessing on every front. Then major calamities struck his family and then his own person – Job 1. He must have wondered what he had done wrong for all this to suddenly happen and then to be put under extreme pressure by his wife and so-called friends.

As far as God was concerned, Job handled it well although he had his moments! Within the ordeal he did make some very choice expressions that have served to inspire others when in extreme suffering. He did make the bold confession: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God . . .” Job 19: 24-27.  In spite of his awful circumstances he did not curse or blame God but believed all would turn out alright, and it did! – Job 42:10-17. He came through with flying colours with a testimony to God’s goodness.

It may be that you are in the midst of a tough and rough experience right now. The Lord can and will provide both added grace and strength to more than manage it. Be assured in your being that He will make the ordeal serve to your development and blessedness. You will not be alone but His support will be extended and enable you to turn all to a quality character and future. The suffering will not be a waste but a road to spiritual maturity and prospect.

QUOTES TO NOTEFamily

My family is my strength and my weakness. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

SACRED SONGS

Jesus the Name High Over All

What a Name has been given to Christendom to be used and bring blessing! JESUS! As it is sung with faith and inspiration it invades the atmosphere and manifests its influence and dynamic. If there is one thing that Christ responds to, it is the proper use of His name by the Christian believer. So make sure it has its place in your life and experience!

This is one of those hymns which, as Dr. Tel­ford re­marks, has “stamped it­self deep in the re­li­gious life of Meth­od­ism.” Few hymns have been more quot­ed by Meth­od­ist min­is­ters in their dy­ing hours than this, es­pe­cial­ly the last stan­za. But per­haps the young­est “preach­er” that ev­er made use of it ten­der­ly and ef­fect­iv­ely in the dy­ing hour is de­scribed in the fol­low­ing in­ci­dent, which serves al­so to show how the ear­ly Meth­od­ists taught such hymns as this to their child­ren at home and in Sun­day Schools:

By a dis­tress­ing ac­ci­dent a lit­tle girl on­ly sev­en years of age was se­vere­ly burned and had to be tak­en to a hos­pi­tal in Lon­don. At a Meth­od­ist Sun­day school she had learned to love and to sing the hymn be­gin­ning, “Je­sus, the name high over all.” On the last night of her life all the pa­tients were qui­et in the ward where she lay, and no­thing was heard but the tick and strike of the clock, when sud­den­ly the lit­tle suf­fer­er broke the si­lence by sweet­ly sing­ing…from her fa­vor­ite hymn…Then si­lence reigned again in the room, and for some time, as be­fore, on­ly the tick­ing of the clock was heard when the me­lo­di­ous voice of the lit­tle suf­fer­er again broke the si­lence and many other suf­fer­ers in the room heard her sing­ing soft­ly: “Hap­py, if with my lat­est breath I may but gasp his name”…

And with that the lit­tle preach­er’s voice was in­deed hushed in death, but not un­til ma­ny had heard, in the words of this ten­der song as she so sweet­ly sang it, a gos­pel mess­age ne­ver to be for­got­ten.

1/. Jesus! the Name high over all, In hell or earth or sky;
Angels and men before it fall, And devils fear and fly.

2/. He breaks the power of cancelled sin, And sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood avails for me.

3/. Jesus! the Name to sinners dear, The Name to sinners giv’n;
It scatters all their guilty fear, It turns their hell to Heav’n.

4/. Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks, And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks, And life into the dead.

5/. Oh, that the world might taste and see The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me Would all the world embrace.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE CONTEMPT – Isaiah 23

The Lord can and does show His contempt for those who disregard Him and the ways of truth, goodness and mercy. He has the capability of not only pouring scorn on people that deliberately pay no attention to grace and justice but He takes action against them. This is the subject matter of this chapter. In moving in opposition to Tyre in judgment He reveals His disapproval of their wickedness. In v9 it states: “The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show His contempt for all human greatness.”

He abominates the sinful arrogance of men and nations, which in due course He judges. No matter how great, strong and proud a person and nation may become, God eventually reaches the point where they have to be rightly dealt with. In the case of Tyre, it meant its removal. There were those who felt it was impossible for this secure and lucrative nation to be reduced to nothing. Whatever heights Tyre may have reached, the Lord would have the last say by its total destruction.

One of the vital lessons of history to be noted is of God causing people and nations to be humbled through His judgments. There has been over the centuries and millenniums of time the rise of human power to enormous heights of strength and position but because of their attitude to God through conceit and self-importance have fallen into nothingness. How essential, at a personal level, it is to ensure that success doesn’t lead to vanity and immodesty taking over. When such takes place, there is the inevitable humbling by God.

 

 

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Mar 23rd – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – TO DEAL WITH A SUBTLE ENEMY – Esther – 4

It is quite an amazing story that this young queen found strength to deal with a very challenging situation. She never knew when promoted to her high station she would have to confront an issue, standing in the gap to save her people. She was strengthened by the words of good uncle, Mordecai when he said: Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” In other words – “You were born for this!” Somehow, she possessed that inner fortitude to take on this responsibility cost what it may. She state: “If I perish, I perish” – v16.

With a resolute mind and a sense of calling she looked to Jehovah to give His help. And it came. The enemy overplayed his hand and what he planned and envisaged fell apart and he himself was subjected to demise. Instead of losing the ordeal Esther quietly assumes authority and becomes invincible and moves into the driving seat to command the scene. Everything was reversed and God’s favour came on her and her people.

Sometimes things do not always go as we hoped. Instead of everything running smoothly to good, evil appears and life and calling is threatened. It is easy to despair. That is where spiritual strength comes in. There is the birthing and girding of the will to stand up and be divinely helped to overturn and bring incredible victory. The last days are not going to be easy for the Christian community. The time has come to answer the work of Satan and evil people and see the most outstanding turnarounds ever recorded. Whatever God and His servants have done to negate evil can be superseded today.

QUOTES TO NOTEFamily

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Richard Bach

SACRED SONGS

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

In placing one’s faith is Christ it is one of security. He can be relied on now and one’s eternal future is sure and secure in him. Though everyone and all else flounders and can be destroyed, not so with Him. He has proved His worth and still exist to effect all that is within His sovereign grace and power.

Author: Edward Mote was born in Upper Thames Street, London, Jan. 21, 1797. Through the preaching of the Rev. J. Hyatt, of Tottenham Court Road Chapel, he underwent a great spiritual change; and ultimately he became a Baptist minister. For the last 26 years of his life he was pastor at Horsham, Sussex, where he died Nov. 13, 1874.

1/.  My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2/. When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

3/.  His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

4/.  When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A LACK OF HONEST QUEST – Isaiah 22

Attention is focused on God’s people as represented in Jerusalem. She was to know judgment on a tremendous scale and be reduced to untold desolation and distress because of her waywardness. The real problems lie in the fact that she was not only perverse but also failed to really turn to God when the crisis occurred. They would not escape from the inevitable no matter what they did since there was a failure to honestly inquire of God – v11 “But all your feverish plans are to no avail because you never ask God for help. He is the one who planned it long ago.” The opportunity to get things straightened up with Him had been missed.

The Lord could not be blamed for this awful situation. He had made every attempt to avert this tragedy. There had been times when He had spoken deliberately and powerfully into the scene calling them to weep and mourn over the sinful conduct but no notice had been taken. In fact the reverse had been in evidence: riotous behaviour and revelry had become manifest with an indifferent attitude to both God and life. There was no way that salvation could arise with such in view.

The danger is always present: evil seeks to get the upper hand even in Christendom. There can be a doing of one’s own thing rather than adopting the course that has been divinely appointed in Christ. It is imperative in these days of evil and calamities on a big scale to make sure that there is a sincere quest after the Lord and obedience to Him. Do not allow anything or anyone to intrude and take you off track but persist in loyalty to Him no matter what the pressure is.

 

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Mar 22nd – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – STRENGTH OF OF AN EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY – Judges 14

Samson has gone down in history as the man who knew what it was to be exceptionally physically strong but morally weak. He had the capacity to perform some outstanding feats in the natural world through the help of God, but regrettably and disappointingly, he was not strong enough to cope with his carnal passions. He could have done an even greater job for God and his people if only he had been able to master the fleshly appetites that virtually ruined him.

The Lord was with him to do amazing exploits that enabled his own people to live in triumph over their foe, the Philistines. He should have sensed that he had a moral and spiritual responsibility to make sure he did not fail God. If only he had asked the Lord to counter-balance his life with such strength that he could say no to seductive temptation. He was so weak he could not forestall the woman that subtly sought to rob him of his power by discovering his secret. He lost not only his hair, the Nazarite vow but his strength and unique status.

Be sure that you obtain the strength that only the Lord can give you so that you can withstand all evil pressures and people that would harm you. Paul said to the saints at Ephesus: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” – Eph 6:10. So in the present situation you are in, make sure you are always being ‘strengthened by the Lord’. In so doing, you will more than match anything or anyone that you have to confront.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Family

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth. Menachem Begin

SACRED SONGS

Standing on the Promises of God

The assurances that God gives in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, are imparted to all of those who have placed their faith in Christ. He wills to do things of a God-ward order and to perform especially for those who love, believe and obey Him. You have a perfect right to claim these as your inheritance and see them actually fulfilled in the course of your life, especially in time of need. He never has to be up-dated because He is always updated by all that is happening to His saints. So enjoy being covered and catered for by this unique  ministry.

1/. Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:

1/. Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

2/. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God – refrain

3/. Standing on the promises I now can see  Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,  Standing on the promises of God – refrain

4/. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, Standing on the promises of God – refrain

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE FALL OF THE MIGHTY – Isaiah 14

Having assured the future of Israel as a people again, the prophet turns attention again on Babylon – vv1-11. Whilst this major nation is subject to destruction, God’s people are to rise again and become a people of note and worth. The Lord’s elect household can take comfort in the assurance that mighty Babylon will be no more but they will come out of the experience chastened and blessed because of the Lord’s goodness. The fall of this despotic nation will mean they will come forth to be a nation again to reflect God’s grace.

The prophet causes all to know what is taking place behind the scenes. Behind Babylon is Satan and the fall of Babylon reveals the collapse and plummeting of a greater evil person and power, Satan. He who sought to overthrow heaven’s thrown, acting in arrogance and pride, has been effectively dealt with by the Lord. He is the inspiration behind the wickedness and tyranny of earthly monarchs and kingdoms, which seek to dominate human society. But he does not succeed against the Lord or His people; he is doomed to fail – see other nations – chapters 15-21.

The Christian Church can be encouraged by this knowledge. It does not matter what evil powers come, inspired by the evil one; they shall crumbled before the Almighty. Evil is doomed and will be put down by the Lord. Each Christian can live conscious of the sovereign power of the Lord to overthrow the works of darkness. Do not be afraid of the evil tyrannies of men or demons that exist and threaten on every hand: they will be defeated and destroyed by the breath of the Lord.

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Mar 21st – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – To Lead and Deliver – Exodus 3

Moses was to be called to fulfil a tremendous task, to deliver a nation of slaves, to lead them out of captivity and bring them into s land of blessing which would become their own. There was no way that he could have undertaken to perform such a task on his own. Even though he was a capable man and had been trained as child in all the wisdom and arts of the Egyptians, these credentials were inadequate. His strength was puny to accept and move in to do such a work.

He knew this when God summoned him at the burning bush. The Lord was to assure him that as he came under heaven’s authority and rule he would receive the wherewithal to achieve the impossible task, he waxed stronger and stronger before Pharaoh and his own people. He was imbued and inspired from on high and saw Egypt wither and wilt before his eyes and the people of God become emboldened. God used one man, strengthened him to strengthen a nation to act in a phenomenal manner.

The hand and arm of omnipotence has not lost its dynamic. Today you can know what it is to be strengthened to do incredible things under His inspiration. This is the hour for you to be emboldened in a manner and measure like never before in your life and testimony. As you wait on and before Him He will descend, anoint and provide all the dynamic and energy to execute on his behalf.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Family

Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time. Lex Luger

SACRED SONGS

What a Fellowship, what a Joy Divine

There is nothing comparable to the genuine reality and warmth of Christian Fellowship that has been created by Christ and is Christ inspired and centred. He brings different people together and by His grace saves and renews them to make them a part of God’s Family of sons and heirs. They are destined for good things in life and are being prepared for even bigger things. In coming together they can share His presence and goodness and know what it is to have their spiritual batteries recharged on a regular basis.

1/ What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

2/. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

3/. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,Leaning on the everlasting arms.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE TIMING OF GOD – Isaiah 13

The Lord gives notice on what is going to happen to Babylon in His timing – v6 “for the Lord’s time has arrived – the time for the Almighty to destroy.” This nation had been an instrument in God’s hand to mete out judgment to His people but had revealed mercilessness and arrogance on a large scale. Instead of being humbled at being in a place of great power and strength, a haughty attitude had grown and become repulsive. Having reached a high and notable state Babylon imbibed a spirit of independence and superiority that was not commendable and required dealing with. It was an evil that God could and would not tolerate.

In His schedule, God has the exact moment when He appoints action to be taken against sinful men and nations. The Babylonians were going to be subject to war and defeat at the hands of the Medes who would show no mercy. Such would be the punishment exercised that Babylon would be removed just as like Sodom and Gomorrah. Their days were numbered and they would finish up reduced not only to impotence but absolute removal. A heavy price was to be paid for the way they had behaved. In failing to learn the lesson of history, they lost their way and position.

The incident teaches that God rules the world of nations. The last century, more than anything, has shown that when kingdoms leave God out, become egotistical and cruel that God is able to dispose of them as He designs. The same can be said about individuals as well. When people become independent, ruthless and godless, He can determine their demise and thus expose their frailty. Be certain that your conduct is such that it can bear the scrutiny of the Lord so that you may live in His favour and not be discredited.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A CHALLENGING MESSAGE

Haggai 1

This prophet, Haggai, was one of the inspiring messengers following the exile in Babylon. It had been a difficult time whilst they were aliens and on their return things had been far from easy. But this man of God comes to challenge the immediate set up and get things into divine perspective so that everything would begin to move ahead and prosper as God had designed. His task was stir up the leaders and the people into a worthwhile project that if accepted and engaged upon would bring some profitable returns besides honouring the Lord.

1/. THE CHALLENGE WAS TO CONSIDER THE IMMEDIATE STATEMENT -v2

One notes the democratic mind and mood of the people. It was completely negative towards to the matter of building the Lord’s Temple. What was actually present was a spirit and state of indifference towards the most important consideration and which should have been primary on their agenda. A consideration of their history with its subsequent judgement would have made evident the fact that it was because of negligence and indifference to the Lord that had landed them in difficulty and in exile. What they were doing and saying was procrastinating with an issue of major importance. They were voicing an excuse that freed them seemingly from a task that should have had their wholehearted devotion. Haggai challenges that mental and spiritual state and rightly so.

2/. THE CHALLENGE WAS TO FACE WHAT WAS REALLY OCCURRING -vv3-6

The amazing thing was that they could make sure that their own houses and residences were erected and put up. There was nothing wrong for that engagement but it was wrong in the light of the neglect of God’s House. The release from exile had all been the Lord’s doing but there is no sense or conviction that He ought to be essentially thought about at that hour.

The argument is made by the prophet, that they were in economic difficulty because of this wrong attitude and action. Things were not running successfully and there was not much prosperity abroad. Much investment had taken place but there had been little by way of returns.  All their expectations were falling apart and nothing was working to their advantage.

3/. THE CHALLENGE WAS TO RESPOND TO THE DIVINE DIRECTIVE – vv7-11

The summons is to put the Lord first and get on with building the divine sanctuary. If they took the time to truly honour the Lord they would soon discover that the curse would be lifted off the ground and their labours and there would come into being a glorious condition of increase and growth.

CONCLUSION 

Everyone becomes stirred and moves into action – vv12-15. A new zeal and enthusiasm was abroad which must have gladdened the heart of the Lord. A united state existed to get this thing on the way.

welcome to this christian website

Mar 20th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – A Divine Possession –Genesis 1:1; 17:1

It is inspiring to know that one of the names given to God is ‘EL’, ‘the Strong One’. The universe exists and continues to do do because He of His omnipotence. Isaiah remarks as he views the heavens and the stars utters: through the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything” Isaiah 40:25. Yes, the world in which we live and the planets all around declare the greatness of God in terms of power. Mankind as a whole needs to come to appreciate its enormity and to discover that He seeks to share it with His creatures. He who sustains all things is around is present to sustain and secure you.

Jeremiah the prophet had to come to discover this factor and comes to the bold admission that He is up to any situation. He proclaims: “Alas, Lord God, Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or wonderful for you” – Jer 32: 17. Although he lived in difficult times for his people, he knew God would see them through and bring them into a good place.

You must realise that God has not changed. There is no diminishing of His life or ability. What He has done He is still up to in every generation. If you can believe and trust in His and His words of promise, there will come tokens of His greatness within your life and experience. He is up to proving sufficient to all of His creation and creatures, especially those who are now His family. So begin to expect the action of God as the Strong One in your life because He is with you to perform on your behalf.

QUOTES TO NOTE Family

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox 

SACRED SONGS

Lord of all Being Throned Afar

This is a choice song that expresses our high appreciation of God, what we think of Him and our rich desires concerning Him in our lives. How essential that He has priority in our beings and affairs so that the best may be brought into being and that we might truly glorify Him in every way, everyday.

1/.  Lord of all being, throned afar, thy glory flames from sun and star;
Centre and soul of every sphere, yet to each loving heart how near!

2/.  Sun of our life, thy quickening ray sheds on our path the glow of day;
Star of our hope, thy softened light cheers the long watches of the night.

3/.  Our midnight is thy smile withdrawn, our noontide is thy gracious dawn,
Our rainbow arch thy mercy’s sign; all, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

4/.  Lord of all life, below, above, whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
Before thy ever-blazing throne  we ask no lustre of our own

5/.  Grant us thy truth to make us free, and kindling hearts that burn for thee,
Till all thy living altars claim one holy light, one heavenly flame.

DAILY MEDITATIONS  

KNOWING THE LORD – Isaiah 11

A wonderful forecast is given by the prophet in these verses of what is to be in the distant future and in it he gives the assurance that “the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord” (New Living Translation) – v9. The King James affirms “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.” Because this latter will be so the former will be. As the knowledge of the Lord possesses the earth, it lays hold of those who inhabit and inherit it. He will be seen as the supreme reality and His understanding and counsel will enrich everyone so that ignorance will be personally banished.

The earlier verses declare the One who will sow and spread this glorious knowledge – vv1-5. The reference is to the Messiah who will come and manifest His great knowledge on all fronts, filling the earth with His wisdom, understanding, counsel, might justice, truth etc. Christ has appeared with the intention of leading people out of spiritual, moral and intellectual darkness into the light of Himself and all true knowledge. He would possess the capacity to make known the truth about His person and then open the understanding to the character and ways of God.

This is to serve as an encouragement and inspiration here and now. Although there are great prospects ahead at the end of time when the perfect knowledge of Himself and understanding on life and other vital factors will be unveiled, it is possible that now sure and pure revelation can proceed from Him. He desires to come to you and to manifest Himself as the source of revelation and counsel. He did state: “I Am the Light of the world, he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” – John 8: 12. As you follow Him you will know a life of light that will make life meaningful and profitable in every way.

welcome to this christian website

Mar 19th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – A Divine PossessionGenesis 1:1; 17:1

It is inspiring to know that one of the names given to God is ‘EL’, ‘the Strong One’. The universe exists and continues to do do because He of His omnipotence. Isaiah remarks as he views the heavens and the stars utters: through the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything” Isaiah 40:25. Yes, the world in which we live and the planets all around declare the greatness of God in terms of power. Mankind as a whole needs to come to appreciate its enormity and to discover that He seeks to share it with His creatures. He who sustains all things is around is present to sustain and secure you.

Jeremiah the prophet had to come to discover this factor and comes to the bold admission that He is up to any situation. He proclaims: “Alas, Lord God, Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or wonderful for you” – Jer 32: 17. Although he lived in difficult times for his people, he knew God would see them through and bring them into a good place.

You must realise that God has not changed. There is no diminishing of His life or ability. What He has done He is still up to in every generation. If you can believe and trust in His and His words of promise, there will come tokens of His greatness within your life and experience. He is up to proving sufficient to all of His creation and creatures, especially those who are now His family. So begin to expect the action of God as the Strong One in your life because He is with you to perform on your behalf.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Family

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu

SACRED SONGS

Never lose Sight of Jesus

The safety and true blessedness for every Christian is a fixed gaze and devotion to Christ. What is certain is that He will ever be present and will never fail to live up to your expectations. Building an accord with Him is the secret of living and He calls you to turn your attention to Him and firmly place your faith in Him always. He will lead you all the way and bring you to His everlasting habitations.

1/. Oh, Pilgrim bound for the heav’nly land, Never lose sight of Jesus;
He’ll lead you gently with loving hand, Never lose sight of Jesus.

Chorus:
Never lose sight of Jesus,  Never lose sight of Jesus;
Day and night He will lead you right, Never lose sight of Jesus.

2/. Whene’er you’re tempted to go astray, Never lose sight of Jesus;
Press onward, upward, the narrow way, Never lose sight of Jesus. [Chorus]

3/.  Tho’ dark the pathway may seem ahead, Never lose sight of Jesus;
“I will be with you,” His word hath said, Never lose sight of Jesus; [Chorus]

4/.  When death is knocking outside the door, Never lose sight of Jesus;
Till safely landed on Canaan’s shore, Never lose sight of Jesus. [Chorus] 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A PRAISEFUL OCCASION– Isaiah 12

This is only a short chapter of six verses but it expresses untold delight at what was occurring. It was a new and specific day in the purposes of God where He was manifesting His goodness to His people in an abundant manner and so they had every reason to praise and thank the Lord. Their voices and inward being were joyfully singing as His favour was displayed by His abiding presence, the ministry of His comfort, strength, salvation and multiple deeds. They had every reason to be thrilled because the future outlook could not be better.

As a result of the breaking in upon them in such blessedness they could now bear witness further afield. The world around needed to know about the change of their fortunes – “Tell the world what He has done. Oh, how mighty He is!” – vv4, 5. Having been switched on to experience the blessing of the Lord it was not simply for them alone. The opportunity and obligation was on them to broadcast it far and near that the Lord had intervened and transformed their situation. An evangelistic message had to be sent to other nations so that they may get an understanding on the nature of God.

The Christian Church is to know in a marked degree the outstanding benevolence of God through Christ. As we taste the amazing goodness of the Lord we then must open our lips in song to praise the bountiful Giver. As we continually know the input of His generosity we should be in an upbeat mood to praise Him and let the world be aware of what it means to be related to the Lord. Enjoy experiencing the rich ministry of the Lord in your life now and acquaint those around you that it is a delightful thing to know the Lord and His blessing.

welcome to this christian website

Mar 18th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. One of the things that man has been created with is sensitivity and it plays a very important role within the enjoyment and blessedness of life. He was made to exist and experience two kinds of senses: spiritual and natural. The first to be able to be conscious and taste spiritual realities, the second, to know the immense delights in the natural such as hearing, seeing . .  and so on. He was meant to live and experience two worlds, the spiritual to major and impact the natural.

SENSITIVITY – SENSITIVE TO GREATER REVELATION – John 16: 12-15

The Lord had been a great teacher to His disciples. He had taught them many things but they were still in need of further knowledge after His promotion to heaven. He assured them that a great teacher was on the way that would ‘lead them into all truth’ – vv12-15. It would be needful for them to become susceptible and responsive to Him so that they may know greater truth re-Himself and be guided with certainty in their Christian life and experience. It would require both faith and humility on their part and the will to inquire of the Holy Spirit for His input and direction.

Having brought them so far, additional knowledge and instruction was required that was related to His person, position and work. The Holy Spirit would be self-effacing placing the emphasis on Christ as to who He was, what he had done, his present and future role within Christendom. He could be relied upon because He was and is the Spirit of Truth and only communicates truth.

The Holy Spirit has remained with the Christian Church to be its inspiration, mentor and encouragement. It is vital for you to have constant communion with Him and be schooled by Him in the essential truths of Christendom. As you humbly seek and submit to Him so He will unerringly lead and guide with regard to faith and ministry. You are in God’s school of further education in order to know and grow.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Family

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale

SACRED SONGS

Never lose Sight of Jesus

The safety and true blessedness for every Christian is a fixed gaze and devotion to Christ. What is certain is that He will ever be present and will never fail to live up to your expectations. Building an accord with Him is the secret of living and He calls you to turn your attention to Him and firmly place your faith in Him always. He will lead you all the way and bring you to His everlasting habitations.

1/. Oh, Pilgrim bound for the heav’nly land, Never lose sight of Jesus;
He’ll lead you gently with loving hand, Never lose sight of Jesus.

Chorus:
Never lose sight of Jesus,  Never lose sight of Jesus;
Day and night He will lead you right, Never lose sight of Jesus.

2/. Whene’er you’re tempted to go astray, Never lose sight of Jesus;
Press onward, upward, the narrow way, Never lose sight of Jesus. [Chorus]

3/.  Tho’ dark the pathway may seem ahead, Never lose sight of Jesus;
“I will be with you,” His word hath said, Never lose sight of Jesus; [Chorus]

4/.  When death is knocking outside the door, Never lose sight of Jesus;
Till safely landed on Canaan’s shore, Never lose sight of Jesus. [Chorus]

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TOOL IN GOD’S HANDS – Isaiah 10

Little did the Assyrians know that in their conquests that it was the Lord who was employing them to fulfil His purpose.  They had the impression that it was by their own skill and power that their enemies were smitten before them and their lands. He is going to be most gracious to them and bring about a wonderful restoration that would make conquered and possessed. Vainly they assumed it was by their own prowess and strength that they had advanced to a position of seeming superior position over all.  In noting the strides they made against the nations it was easy for them to become proud and arrogant in this conception and conviction. From natural reasoning it did look as if by their own ability they had now arrived as top dog.

This passage makes it clear that the progress and exaltation was due to the Lord and that He had used them to mete out punishment to the nations and His people. The Lord sets the record straight by revealing that the Assyrians were an instrument in His hand. Questions are raised that make this obvious – v15 “Can the axe boast greater power than the person who uses it? . . .   . Can a whip strike unless a hand is moving it? Can a cane walk by itself?”  God can use who He wills, as He wills and when He wills. The hearts and ways of kings and kingdoms are in His sovereign hand.

It is assuring to note that all is under divine control, even the correction and chastisement of His people by opposing forces. He can make all serve His sovereign will and purpose. The necessary thing for you to know and do is to make certain that you are living and working in submission to His blessed designs so it will turn out to untold good and profit. There is never any need to fear the workers and works of evil when there is a humble recognition of Him within your life every day.

 

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