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June 23rd


Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Life has been giving to you by your loving, Heavenly Father, that you might exploit and enjoy it to the full on a day by day basis. All is not thrown at you in a moment to overwhelm, rather, bit by bit, little by little, as much as you can handle efficiently and with satisfaction. He is alongside to aid in bringing all to fruition so that as you revue what has been done, all will have been done well. Simply look to Him for today’s agenda and all will become clear and possible. Act in love and good faith and you will have every reason to be thankful

HUMOUR

A lawyer, who had a wife and 8 children, needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house. When he said, he had / children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place. He couldn’t say he had no children, because he couldn’t lie.

So, he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 7 of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right — the agent asked: “How many children do you have?”

He answered: “Eight.”

The agent asked, “Where are the others?”

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look, answered “They’re in the cemetery with their mother.”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A WORD OF WARNING – Acts 27: 1-12

As the journey is made to Rome by boat it was going to prove to be a hazardous voyage. It was going to prove to be most eventful as it was at a time of the year, autumn, when things were not at their best at sea. They encountered forceful headwinds that made things difficult and protracted the trip right from the start. A tremendous amount of time was lost and the prospects certainly looked full of foreboding for the ship and all on board. It really required some insight and a clear word as to what course of action to take in these circumstances.

Paul was more than a missionary-preacher: he heard from God. His Master knew full well what lay ahead in terms of climate conditions and could give an up-to-date weather report. A word of warning came from above and so this prisoner could state truly how things would be. He said, “Sirs, I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on –shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries and dangers to our lives” – v10. There was a definite threat if they proceeded. The matter was simply weighed up from a human angle and the word from the Lord was disregarded. It was to be to their undoing.

When things are not plain sailing in Christian life and experience, it is time to take stock and to find out as to what is occurring and is to happen. It is foolish to continue without knowing the Lord’s mind on matters. Thankfully, He wills to reveal the truth so that no mistakes will be made and things end up tragically. Be awake to the Lord’s word; it may come as a warning, admonishing you not to continue on the present route that you are on. He is thinking about your safety!

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 June 22nd

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Ever realise that there is an eternal freshness and fullness in your God that He wills that you should draw and live on the same. One of the main reasons for the advent of Christ into this world and into your life was that you might know such on a daily basis. Be reminded of what He said: “I Am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly” – – John 10:10. So do not miss out on the dynamic life you should be knowing and receiving from heaven during your stay on earth. Let there be freshness and fullness manifest in and through you, now, today.

HUMOUR

X-RAY

A young girl was told she needed an X-ray. She went in and seemed especially nervous.

When she came out of the X-ray room, she told her mother, “They took a picture of my bones.”

“Yes, dear,” replied her mother. “Did everything go alright?”

“Sure,” said the girl. “It was great. I didn’t have to take my skin off!”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

ALMOST PERSUADED – Acts 26

Again Paul was given the chance to give a defence of his position and used it to seek to make king Agrippa aware of the reality of the Christian Faith. He simply gave a personal testimony on what he had been and how Christ made Himself known to him on the Damascus Road and as a result he had become a Christian. It would be obvious to his listeners that here was man who had truly had an encounter with Christ and had become fully persuaded as to His person and mission. There had come a radical change that indicated his commitment to Christ.

The reason why he was in the dock that day was due to this experience and his readiness to proclaim Him to others. He proved to the king, from the Scriptures, that Christ was the fulfilment of the predictions of Israel’s prophets and so were His ministry, death and resurrection. The preacher was aware of the fact that the monarch was aware of what the prophets had spoken and challenged him to a belief in Christ. He replied with the words: “Almost you persuade me to be a Christian?” – v28.  He was almost there but not fully. It would have been great if he had been! The prospect at that moment was good but he missed it.

Two things come out of this witness by Paul: the first is that there should be a speaking with utter conviction the assurance concerning Christ and what He has truly done through His life, death and resurrection. Also, a pure and sure testimony as to the inroad and impact of Christ’s grace and power in your conversion to Him. The consequence of such will create and generate faith in the hearer towards Christ. Who knows whether you will see someone brought to faith in Christ through your assured witness!

 

 

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June 21st

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Because ‘all things are possible with God’, because He is your Father and you are now His child through Jesus Christ His Son, so whatever was accomplished by and through Him is also within the realm of your believing and achieving. There is nothing that cannot be wrought for your highest good and benefit through faith and prayer. God would take the limits off so that you can know and experience the greatest in your earthly pilgrimage. So as the hymn-write puts: “Large petitions with you bring”.

HUMOUR

ZEAL

There is a well-known story about young Teddy Roosevelt: Mittie (his mother) had found he was so afraid of the Madison Square Church that he refused to set foot inside if alone. He was terrified, she discovered, of something called the ‘zeal’’. It was crouched in the dark corners of the church ready to jump at him, he said. When she asked what a zeal might be, he said he was not sure, but thought it was probably a large animal like an alligator or a dragon. He had heard the minister read about it from the Bible.

Using a concordance, she read those passages containing the word ZEAL, until suddenly, very excited, he told her to stop. The line was from John 2: 17: And His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘The ZEAL of thine house hath eaten me up”.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TURN IN EVENTS – Acts 25

Yet another turn of events was to make for a further expression of the Christian message. Festus replaced Felix and was approached in Jerusalem by the Jewish leaders to have Paul tried in Jerusalem. He was prepared to go along with this not aware of their evil design. When Paul was asked he declined sensing a wicked intention. The next step was to appeal to Caesar. This incident was to mark a turn in events and reveal the unfolding plan of God for advancing Christianity.

It was a bold thing to do but it was to serve the higher interests of the Kingdom of Christ. There was a divine wisdom afforded to him in it all. Whilst seeking his personal security it was also in the knowledge that he had a work to do for the Lord. He was not afraid to die but he was not ready to give up his life without some good cause. Festus was prepared to hearken to him and so everything was settled for him to go before the greatest person of his day to express his faith. He had already got the word that he would finish up in Rome – Acts 23: 11.

There are occasions when things in Christian life and experience have to open up in a much wider way and the Lord may use adversaries and adverse circumstances to activate it. A divine sensitivity must prevail and a faithful readiness to move out into unchartered waters knowing the Lord is directing affairs. It does not matter how formidable and fearful the thing set before you is, the Lord will enable you to negotiate with an assurance that He has some worthwhile end in view that will glorify Him and increase your usefulness.

 

 

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June 20th


Life is purposed by God the Father to spring some welcome surprises and discoveries for those who are now His sons through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You could not be in a greater position. He, who created, owns and runs the universe is now your beloved Father and Friend. He is fully conversant of you and all your demands and has the wherewithal to bring good things to pass. Remember what Christ has taught you: “how much more shall heavenly Father Give good things to those that ask Him”- Matthew 7:11. Through the ancient prophet of Old He affirmed: “Call on Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things” – Jer33: 3. Don’t miss on what He wills to do for you NOW!

HUMOUR

HYMNS FOR THE ROAD

  1. At 45 mph . . . .“God will take of you”
  2. At 55 mph . . . . “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah”
  3. At 65 mph . . . . “Nearer my God to Thee”
  4. At 85 mph . . . . “This world is not my home”
  5. At 95 mph . . . . “Lord, I’m coming home”

At 100 mph . . . “Precious memories” HYMNS FOR THE ROAD

  1. At 45 mph . . . .“God will take of you”
  2. At 55 mph . . . . “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah”
  3. At 65 mph . . . . “Nearer my God to Thee”
  4. At 85 mph . . . . “This world is not my home”
  5. At 95 mph . . . . “Lord, I’m coming home”
  6. At 100 mph . . . “Precious memories

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONFESSION TIME – Acts 24

Things were now to open up on a far greater scale for the apostle as he was called to defend himself against charges of disturbance and riot. His accusers were present to put their case before Festus who was to judge the issue. All they could do was to fabricate matters but Paul used the opportunity to decisively share his faith. He admitted to being a follower of Christ who is the Way and asserted his utmost confidence in Mosaic Law and the Scriptures. There was also the confession of his hope, quality of life and godly motive of living. In no way did he seek to create conflict amongst the people and agitate a religious disorder.

The judge must have been quite impressed by his defence as he decided to await the commander’s version on what had occurred. He even gave Paul freedom and to allow his friends to cater for his needs. In the forthcoming days he sent for him often and God’s servant was not afraid to face this political leader with the truth. It was an occasion where he divinely confessed the truths of the Gospel and this man was brought under immense conviction but was not prepared to change. He said: “Go away for now, when it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again” – v25. Really the appropriate moment was then for him to settle matters with God.

The Lord desires to use believers at all times in making confession of their faith in Him to others. In varied circumstances and seasons He gives the privilege of being able to declare to others the reality of the Christian faith and life. Make sure that you are wide-awake to the door He opens to you to bear a clear testimony to the workings of His grace and power in your life. Those around are dependent upon your clear confession and the golden opportunity to receive Christ and His love.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A CALL TO DIVINE FAITHFULNESS

Malachi 3

One of the essential values that the Lord is seeking for, is faithfulness in every area of life. This is a matter of major concern to Him, that there should be a fidelity, loyalty and consistency in every way. This should be provoked and promoted in His own elect household by reason of His own faithfulness. It is certain and sure, one can depend and rely upon God at all times under all conditions. He makes a tremendous statement on this front in 3: 6 – “I am the Lord, and I do not change”. In the midst of their unfaithfulness, HE IS FAITHFUL.

1/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD’S INSTITUTION – 2: 10-16 

The Lord was grieved because there was a breach amongst them with regard to the marriage covenant. He makes it plain to them that ‘He hates divorce.’ As far as He is concerned, it should not be. The men-folk should prove trustworthy to their wives and honour their commitment. As far as He was concerned their offerings meant nothing to Him if this thing evil prevailed.

2/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE CONFESSION OF THE LORD’S NATURE – 2:17

There was a questioning of His justice. They were trying to make out that the Lord favoured evildoers. The divine word and history proved beyond any doubt that this was not the case. As moral Governor and Judge He held loyal to the matter of righteousness and they should hold up to the integrity of the Lord.

3/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO GIVING TO THE LORD – 3: 8-12

There was a real break down here and they let the Lord and themselves down in not conforming to His requirements with regard to it. The divine direction and command of the law was to tithe to the Lord. It was an order and they were under an obligation to give gladly and willingly in the light of His goodness to them. This being so, they would see the faithfulness of God in an abundant manner in the way of blessing. They could not out-give Him.

4/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD’S WORK – 3:13-15

They were saying: “What’s the use of serving the Lord? What have we gained by obeying His commands or by trying to show the Lord Almighty that we are sorry for our sins?” Their reasoning was altogether wrong and attitude, too. They needed to straighten both out before Him so that they would truly serve Him.

Thankfully, there were would be those who would respond and express a genuine reverence for the Lord and give Him deference. Because of their love and loyalty they would not come unstuck because a divine record would be made and kept. He will regard them and their faithfulness and make them His special treasure and heritage. It will become obvious to all that divine faithfulness counts in the saints.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 19th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

A brand new work-week is before you and the Lord is conversant with regard to each day and all that is to occur. The best and wisest course of action is to be linked into Him and find what His desires and designs are. He only thinks of the best and in the long term interests so it is the finest thing to co-operate with Him. As you ponder the lives of the bible characters, see how well it turned out for them because they followed out His plans for their lives. There is much to be wrought of a satisfying nature that yields untold rewards1

HUMOUR

HELPING

I was visiting a primary school to write a report on an incident of vandalism, when I was interrupted by a little girl who looked about six. She looked up and down at my uniform and asked: “Are you a policeman?”

“Yes, I am,” I replied and went back to my report.

“My mummy said if eve rI needed help I should ask a policemen. Is that right?”

“Yes, it is,” I told her. “Well, then,” she said, extending her foot towards me. ”Could you tie my shoe lace, please?”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

OUTWITTED – Acts 23: 12-35

The Lord knows how to outwit and overrule the dark designs of men and evil powers. There are always ways and means at His disposal whereby He is able to outdo anything that sinister forces would do in detriment to His servants and people. A band of 40 men made an oath and commitment that they would not eat or drink until they had witnessed Paul’s death and dreamed up of a plan for this to be carried out. They did not know that Paul’s nephew had overheard them and he was able to acquaint his uncle with what was being determined.

The upshot of it all, Paul was able to get his nephew to let the commander know and as a result he took immediate action. He was able to outwit the foul intentions of these wicked men and so save himself from a great deal of embarrassment. All these soldiers were employed to safeguard the interests of this choice man of God. In the whole incident the plan of God comes to pass because He wants His messenger to be able to present the Gospel to some noteworthy people and to give a tremendous witness in an important setting.

It is always a pleasure to consider and meditate upon the procedures of God in giving His people security and at the same time giving the opportunity for the Good News of Christ to be heralded wide and far. He is able to cause things that lead to the furtherance of the Gospel. Know that He is able to do the same for you. Although the enemy would plan your demise and seek to bring disaster across your pathway, know this, the Lord is not only to preserve but is able to make it serve your good and His great gain. He oversees all and works to the good of His own.

 

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June 18th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

To be able to stand, walk and run effectively one needs the all important factor of balance. When you really begin to enter the older age bracket never more does this become more apparent? It has to be said, this applies to one’s thinking and feeling. Somehow things can go awry when the gray hairs come upon you. Some, unfortunately, lose it altogether and that is very sad! We need the Lord to daily input our lives with His Spirit and Word so that He can keep us straight, calm and in a wholesome condition. One is reminded how well Moses was at 120! May you all be enabled to keep your marbles and feelings!

REMINISCENCES 

A lovely couple joined us in our assembly that proved an immense asset and blessing in so many things, Tom and Edna Dawson. They were only little but they packed a work and industry. Tom was of a practical nature and loved doing deaconing tasks although not in an official role. Well, Edna was a gifted pianist, seamstress and loved a laugh. We had some lovely women singers and she was able to create a women’s sextet that was excellent in its ministry. She spent endless hours in practice and they ministered in many places. She also was good on the sewing machine and I have been personally grateful to her for altering suits and trousers to make them fit smartly. How lovely to have all types of people in the fellowship proving an overall ministry to the blessing of all!

HUMOUR

The minister was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“Heaven!” they all piped up.

“And what do you have to do to get there?” the pastor asked.

In unison they all replied, “Dead!”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A DIVINE ASSURANCE– Acts 23: 1-11

The opportunity was to be given to this messenger of Christ to speak to the religious leadership to present his case and testimony. In a remarkable way he was able to make a stand for the resurrection of Christ and at the same time produce a division amongst the company for his good. They could not agree amongst themselves as to his situation and so conflict arose. The commander had to move in again and rescue him from their hands. He was not to be left to the mercy of these prejudiced leaders. Something more was in the mind and will of God.

When he required guidance and assurance it was to be afforded him from the Lord. There came the divine strengthening with the words – “Be encouraged” – v11, and a divine enlightening to the fact that he would become an increasing witness. His testimony to Christ would reach even to the principal city of Rome. Events later would reveal that he would touch a lot more people en-route. Because he dared to show his allegiance to Christ, so Christ would show His allegiance to him and make him a more influential witness than ever.

In speaking out for Christ it is possible to discover that He is able to make the testimony greater than ever. He has ways of opening doors by which the believer is able to share on a much wider front. Instead of being inhibited and fearful, a remarkable boldness can take over which appears to pave the way for the message to be made to a bigger audience. It seems to be a steppingstone to increased testimony that ensures the growth of the Gospel and Kingdom. The Lord would assure you to get on with being a witness for Him where you are – Acts 1: 8.

 

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June 17th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

There is much to capture your interest and commitment in the world around you that would draw you away from your focus on and relationship with the Lord. They are very tempting and seducing factors that would take up much of your time and monies. In the end, if pursued, they will create a bankruptcy of Him and all that He wills to achieve in and through you of lasting value. It is decision time to resolve that the Lord is the One you love above all and you are determined to see His plans fulfilled in every way. Remember this, it is only what is done in and for Christ that lasts!

REMINISCENCES 

Stanley Kynaston was a member of Carmel Church, Denton and was a choice person. He was there when I arrived and was still there when we moved on. He was a most reliable individual and loved cycling and travelled quite a distant to be part of the fellowship. He was a lovely tenor singer and could hit the high notes without difficulty. He loved to sing and with his smiling face and humorous approach made a great difference when he contributed to a service. It was a great day when Tricia Holmes came and along with her mum and dad found Christ because eventually she was to become his bride and they had a lovely life together. Stan has been called home to glory, along with Trish,  and no doubt his singing will be enhanced and he will be enjoying lifting his voice to His Saviour and Lord.

HUMOUR

Misunderstanding: There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya. On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic. As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their beautiful harmonies. She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home.

With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words of this song?”

Her fried looked at her and solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery”.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINELY PRESERVED – Acts 22

This great servant of the Lord had some close encounters with intense suffering and death. Although he went through a lot of trials and troubles it is evident that the Lord had a way of delivering him in the midst of them. He also had some choice purposes to achieve in those difficult experiences. The Lord enabled him to negotiate these arduous times to maximum profit in relation to the spread of the Christian message, and at the same time securing the well being of this man of God. He was able to preserve him in numerous situations and ways.

The religious Jews were prepared to listen to what he had to say as he addressed them in their own tongue until he mentioned the name ‘Gentiles’. This agitated them to become violent and desire his death. But intervention came. The commander then ordered Paul to be flogged, but he escaped this by stating he was a Roman. Both the commander and soldiers sensed they had gone too far as they realized they had broken Roman law. So God’s special servant knew divine protection in difficult circumstances.

Christians have to face up to the fact that they live in a hostile world and society that is at variance with the Christian message and its standards. Believers have to be ready to lay their lives on the line for the Lord so all may know in truth and reality the glorious message of Christ. There is a cost that has to be paid so that even those opposed may hear the Good News. As you make your stand for Christ, be bold in your witness even though it may stir conflict. Be assured, that He who looked after Paul will also preserve you and the testimony you make for Him.

 

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June 16th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

The great spiritual stimulus to knowing, maintaining, increasing and enjoying your devotions with the Lord is to be conscious of His infinite devotion to you. Remember you are a creature of eternity and not just time. There is something more than that which is human and natural concerning you. Before all things were brought into being you were truly and fully known and loved by Lord and you are destined to be with and reign with Him in the coming ages. How essential to get to know Him as much as possible now. Through the Holy Spirit, prayer, the Scriptures, Christian fellowship in wholesome devotion you will move of to significance and fulfilment.

REMINISCENCES 

A very quiet character in the Denton church was a single woman by the name of Muriel Chadwick. She hardly ever missed a meeting, travelling by bus to get there. She was a Sunday School Teacher and most ardent in evangelism. She would go out regularly and visit the homes of the people in the area, knocking on the doors and giving wholesome Christian literature. One of her assets was a beautiful smile that switched people on. Never did I have to encourage her in this passionate task. In fact she was an encouragement to all in this holy pursuit. She was one of the New Testament people who knew her sacred duty. I am certain she will be rewarded by the Lord for her loving labours for Him!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG– Acts 21: 15-40

On arrival at Jerusalem Paul and his fellow-workers were warmly received by the Church leadership and fellow Christians. How different from when many years previously he was there after his conversion! In order to try and keep things calm and cool the leadership felt it wise for him to adopt a procedure that would make it obvious to the Jews that he was not advocating Christians to turn their back on the laws given by Moses. They felt if he could give this knowledge then the heat that was being generated would be effectively dealt with. It was to be in vain.

As soon as the Jews saw Paul had been in association with a Gentile, their anger turned to a violent and murderous intent. The softly, softly approach was not to work. It was all in accord with the previous prophecy etc. No doubt Paul went along with the design but deep within his spirit he knew that he was going to be assailed for Christ. Although things appeared to go wrong Paul was still in the will of God for it opened the door of witness on a greater front, and he was ready.

There is a major lesson to learn from all this: when others are thinking in terms of good that may be well meaning, it may not be what the Lord has in mind. The easy route that is being suggested may not actually be what He has determined. However, there should be no conceit or resentment be made to others but a going along possibly knowing you are committed to His will whatever it entails. Make sure that your mind and heart is surrendered to the One that truly matters.

 

 

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June 15th

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

All around is a manifestation of change and instability that can become most disconcerting and makes for restlessness. You need to be anchored in that which is changeless and dependable and is able to succour strength to your being so that you can more than cope in such an environment. This is where your God can step in as you invite Him to do so. He is never over-awed or in pieces in the perfect running of the universe He has created. You are on and in His daily agenda. Why not allow Him His role and see how sure and stable you can become? He wants you to be like Him! Form and forge a union with Him and see the difference!

REMINISCENCES 

There are people that you come to really admire and are really worth their weight in gold, such a person was Alfred Slater, elder of the church at Denton. When we took up residence there, when we arrived with our possessions, he was there to greet and help us move in. He was not just a person who sought to counsel, and he was good at that, he was a very practical person that sought to aid in every way. He used his vehicle to people transport to and from the church, helped to keep the premises in a presentable state and was most supportive of the pastorate. He was so regular at the services and was ready to fit into any demand. His wife, Eva, along side of him, was most supportive, too. When I get to heaven I shall certainly look round for this man, God willing, and re-call our lovely bond of fellowship! I am sure the Lord has got a choice posting for him in the glorious place of life, fellowship and industry!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN OPTION TO RESOLVE – Acts 21: 1-14

As this Christian party were making there way to Jerusalem, led by Paul, on two occasions the apostle is urged not to take this trip both by certain disciples and a prophet by the name of Agabus. There is no doubt they were rightly inspired as they pressed upon him not to go ahead with his plans. They were genuinely concerned about his welfare and this godly man. The servant of the Lord valued their affection and contribution. A tremendous choice had to be made at that hour as to what to really do. Should he make the journey or refrain from this mission?

In no way was the apostle a rebel at heart. Taking on board all the facts it would seem that the Lord was given him an option: he could choose what to do. This divinely anointed man sensed in his being that here was the opportunity of being able to make a deliberate stand for His Lord in the place where he had previously wrought so much havoc. He knew he would require a great deal of faith and courage and believed the Lord would sustain him for what was ahead. He would set a standard for the rest of Christendom to emulate, hence his strong determination.

There are occasions when the Lord puts options before His people. It needs to be stated often, He is not a hard taskmaster and He does love to behold His servants making bold decisions at personal expense because they desire to prove their love and at the same time bless His kingdom and testimony. Instead of accepting the easy option and way out, you may have to seize the more arduous factor, but in doing so it will turn out to the greatest advantage in every way. Show divine determination and wisdom that will in the end yield the greatest good. What you do can have an impact of enormous worth to the cause of Christ.

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June 14th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Whilst you are on planet earth, one of the major things you must do in order to enjoy your stay is to learn to build some positive and wholesome relationships with other people. As you allow others to share the investments of their life and experience into your being and life, so you will develop into a good person that is able to make valid contribution to others of choice factors. Forbid the presence and power of sin to work in through Christ and reach out to people that require you presence and help, so you will form helpful and significant friendships that will be lasting and commendable. Make contact personally by phone, visit, deed, letter etc., and see your life expand into something of real worth to God, society, family and self.

REMINISCENCES 

During my pastorate at Denton, in my visits, I met Johnny Moores who was a former, good footballer. He played in a famous forward line at Derby County with the likes of Jackie Stamps, Horatio Carter, Peter Doherty.  His two children came to our healthy Sunday School. I spend quite a few hours with this big, pleasant man sharing Christ with him. He was never resentful and discourteous. He never did make a commitment whilst I was there. However, the Lord had surprises in the wing. I was asked some time later to go to speak at my former pastorate. I received the news that Johnny had got saved at Bethshan Tabernacle, Longsight, M/C. He sent a message asking me not to leave the church as he was coming after his own evening meeting to greet me. He arrived and I met him outside the door. What a greeting! He lifted me off the ground, swirled me around and thanked me profusely. He later became a member of Carmel Church and an elder! Our labour is never in vain in the Lord!

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN UNSWERVING ATTITUDE – Acts 20: 13-38 

How refreshing to read of a person who has a fixed mind and a resolved spirit and will! Such a one was the apostle Paul and it is reflected in the passage he wrote here. There was a spiritual commitment to consistency in all that he gave himself to and he was not to be put off by anyone or anything. The determination comes out especially since his conversion to Christ in so many beautiful instances and ways. He was an individual who could be relied upon to see things through and so see some divine achievements. He would not be swerved from His mission.

In speaking to the leadership of the Ephesian fellowship he makes known that he had expressed an utmost loyalty to Christ and them. In a humble manner he had served even though it had demanded everything. An unswerving attitude to God had been manifest in declaring the whole counsel of God to them. He had not shrunk from speaking the truth on all fronts. There had been no failure to care for them in every way throughout his ministry. And now he was ready to go to Jerusalem even though it may cost him his life for Christ to prove it again.

In a day when it is said that one of the failure of professing Christians lies in the matter of divine commitment, be challenged by the dedication of this outstanding Christian – servant. Be stirred in your being to render such devotion to the Lord, to His people and the world that makes it obvious you are 100% surrendered to serving all. It is in this world that you are called upon to prove your utmost loyalty in every way. Do not let the privilege and opportunity pass by without registering a steadfast allegiance and ministry that will profit all.

 

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