welcome – an encouraging meditation

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Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome, if it is your first visit to the site. I trust that you will enjoy reading and noting the contents and benefit enormously from the material presented. If you visit often, thank you very much. It gives me some pleasure to know that what is presented is being of service to you to bless others.

If you will look at the left hand side of the page you will see and note, select category. Place your cursor there and it will give you a list of many categories on this site. Click on any subject and it will provide much material relating to the subject. It is a library of contents that has been placed on the site for over three years. There is much material for you to see, note and use as desired.

I have been a Christian minister for over fifty years and now in my retirement am engaged in encouraging all who are in the later stage of life still to be active for the Lord in releasing the spiritual potential still waiting to be released with much blessing. God’s will for us is that we shall be possessed by divine zeal and usefulness. May we who lead others have such a passion and commitment.

19/04/15

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU THINK

JOURNEYING WITH HOME IN VIEW

John 14: 1-6

Being Homeward Bound usually is a precious and pleasant feeling and experience ikn this world. When people have been abroad and away from home for a period of time and the day comes for return, there generally is a wonderful sense of warmth and excitement. Even the prodigal son in his shame could not get the thought of home out of his heart and mind and was somewhat impacted about the prospect of seeing the old homestead gain. Really, Christians are on a homeward trail. What truly fills the view and the horizon and future is the fact of taking up residence in heaven which is to be our eternal home. Jesus said He was going back to heaven, His home, with this distinct mission in view. He said: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions (abiding places), I go to prepare a place for you . . . .” – v1. How essential it is to grasp this fact, Heaven is not any old place, it is to be the glorious, eternal residence of those who have placed their confidence in Christ and are following Him. So dear Christian, ‘This world is not your home, You’re just a passing through; Your treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue . . .” Each day you are making progress to this wonderful outlook, an abiding place in the most gorgeous, peaceful and satisfying place one could be, and amongst a fabulous company!!

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minute message

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Rev. E. Anderson
WAITING FOR THINGS TO CHANGE
Taken from Word for Today

‘…I will wait, until my change comes.’ Job 14:14 nkjv

BEFORE YOU quit and give up in discouragement consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed, something that can’t get off the ground and fly. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I can’t wait for this to be over.’ That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait ’til my change comes.’ But by God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now. Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told a king, ‘We will not bow down to your gods’ (Daniel 3:18). Don’t bow to temptation, or to manipulation, or to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with! the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition and self-promotion. Don’t bow to the spirit o anxiousness and impatience. Continue to wall by faith and not by sight knowing that ‘…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think…’ (Ephesians 3:20 KJV They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait The determining factor is Who you are waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all these things (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Wait God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.

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messabe by rev rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren
SURRENDER STRENGTHENS YOU

“We are not our own bosses to live or die as we ourselves might choose. Living or dying we follow the Lord. Either way we are his” – Romans 14:7-8 (LB)
The paradox of surrender is that it produces power and victory. Stubborn temptations and overwhelming problems can be defeated by Christ when handed over to him.
As Joshua approached the biggest battle of his life, he encountered God, fell in worship before him, and surrendered his plans. That surrender led to a stunning victory at Jericho.
Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you. When you are surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything or anyone else. The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”

WHY SURRENDER?
Because you belong to your Creator: God has a right to direct your life: “We are not our own bosses to live or die as we ourselves might choose” – Romans 14:7 LB. “Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people …”- (Psalm 100:3 NLT.
Because Christ bought you with his sacrifice: The Bible says, “And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised” – 2 Corinthians 5:15 HCSB.

When you surrender to Christ, you fulfill the very purpose he died for – not just to save you from hell, but also to save you from self-centeredness! We Christians do not live for ourselves, but for our Saviour.
“At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes” – Romans 6:19 TEV.

Because God modeled it first: He took the initiative, surrendering Jesus for our benefit. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son …” – John 3:16 NAB.
Our surrender is the only reasonable response to that kind of love. You cannot love Christ without surrendering to him.

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message of note

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Rev. John Lancvaster
IT’S TIME TO HAND YOUR PLATE TO JESUS

My elder brother Lewis, unlike the elder brother in the parable, actually sought and led me, as a child of eight, home to my heavenly Father. For that, and his loving encouragement through the many years of his quiet, godly life, I am profoundly grateful.

As a young boy, Lew had a Saturday job in the home of a well-known local artist called Flora Twort. Miss Twort, who had a number of her fine water-colours displayed in the Royal Academy, lived in a lovely old house near the market square in Petersfield in Hampshire and was hostess to a wide circle of literary and artistic guests, among them Neville Shute, famous for his book ‘A Town Like Alice‘.

It was during one of Shute’s visits that my brother was invited to stay to tea. Mindful of parental warnings about ‘proper’ behaviour, Lew put a very small portion of strawberries and cream on his scone; but pointing at it the famous author said, “What’s that, boy?”

“My tea, sir,” came the timid reply, whereupon Shute took the plate, loaded mountains of cream and strawberries on to it and gave it back to him, saying, “There you are, boy, that’s a proper tea! ” Psalm 68:l9 which rejoices because God ‘daily loads us with benefits‘, and that in turn reminded me of the story of Jacob in his ‘comfort zone‘ in —Hebron (Genesis 45: l 8-28). l-le had lived in Hebron for many years, it was a place of memories and retirement after the wanderings o fhis earlier life, so that the prospect of uprooting and undertaking a journey to an unknown land, even with the prospect of seeing his beloved Joseph again, was too much ~ until he saw the convoy of 2O loaded donkey carts Joseph had sent. Then ‘his spirit revived‘! I smile when l read that. The old entrepreneurial Jacob comes to life again when he sees the possibilities those carts present. They speak of Joseph’s desire to bless him and become the spur to fresh endeavours even in his old age.

Psalm 103: l -5 spells out the benefits which God daily loads on us and follows on in the succeeding verses to exult in the unfailing mercies he lavishes upon those who trust in him. Lamentations 3:22-26, surprisingly, breaks out in praise for the ‘new every morning‘ mercies of God; John l:l6 reminds us that out of Christ’s fullness we receive ‘grace upon grace’ or ‘one blessing after another‘ – a convoy of divine container ships unloading fresh supplies of grace day after day onto the quays of our personal lives. Meanwhile, Colossians 1:19 and 2:9-IO assure us that such ‘fullness‘ makes us complete in him because it is ‘the fullness of the Godhead‘, the limitless resources of the omnipotent ‘Lord of all being, throned afar‘.

Why, then, do so many Christians live only just above the spiritual poverty-line, and many below it? In many cases because they do not seem aware of the resources available to them in Christ, but also because many of them prefer to stay in their spiritual ‘Hebron’, nursing their fond memories of the past and content to live unadventurous lives in a comfort zone of minimum spirituality — minimum prayer and reading of the Word, minimum giving, minimum involvement in their local church, minimum commitment to the claims of the kingdom in personal life and witness.

And all the while the ‘container ships‘ of God’s blessings lie at anchor out in the bay waiting for the dock gates to open! We need afresh to see the immeasurable possibilities of life in the Spirit, to realise that Christ is more than the prince of Egypt sending donkey carts of provision to his father — He is the Lord of the universe, able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or imagine when we allow his power to work within us (Ephesians 3:16-21).

It’s time to move out of Hebron — and time to hand your plate to Jesus, the generous author of salvation!

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meet the christian ministers

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Rev. Matthew Jeanes

The leadership of Canon Street consists of an eldership team headed up by our pastor, Matthew Jeanes.

Canon Street Christian Centre is a Pentecostal Church in fellowship with
Assemblies of God (AOG).

We believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead in order that all people should have the opportunity of having a relationship with God in which they know his love, his forgiveness, his peace, his joy and the hope of eternal life. We also believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who is able to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities.
We are fully committed to the corporate vision statement of AOG which is:

“The purpose of Assemblies of God is to give every man, woman and child the opportunity of understanding the gospel and to provide a church where they can grow and develop in ministry for the glory of God.”

We believe that this is the purpose of the Church as a whole in Taunton and as such we believe in working together with other congregations in the town in order that we might see this accomplished. One way in which we work with other congregations is through the B1 group.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

1. The Bible is the world’s best-selling book of all time. We believe it is the Word of God. It is total truth and provides us with principles for every area of life.

2. We believe in One True God. We believe He is alive and wants to have a personal relationship with us. He co-exists in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. While He lived on earth He performed supernatural miracles. He died to take away the sins of the world. He was crucified on a cross, buried in a tomb, was resurrected from the dead and He ascended into heaven. We believe He will return to earth a second time in the future.

4. We believe man has sinned against God. Adam and Eve were the first Humans and were created pure but wilfully broke God’s laws. As a result all of us have sinned and need forgiveness. We believe there is salvation only through faith in Jesus Christ. He died on the cross that our sins may be forgiven. He was buried and after three days He was raised from the dead. Sin and death could not defeat Him.

5. We believe you must be born again to go to heaven. When you put your trust in Jesus and believe in what He did for you, the Holy Spirit changes you on the inside.
6. We believe in water baptism, not by sprinkling water on your head but by being fully immersed in water. In this way we follow Jesus’ example.

7. We believe in the Holy Spirit baptism. The evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism is the supernatural ability to speak in tongues – a language we have not learned or have known.
8. We believe the Holy Spirit gives us special gifts. He empowers us and gives us the ability to do what Jesus did here on earth.

9. We believe we should live holy lives. Through obedience to the principles and teachings in the Bible we can live lives that please God.

10. We believe in supernatural healing. We pray for the sick because we believe God still works miracles today.
11. We believe that everyone who has become a Christian should remember Him by regularly participating in communion.
12. We believe in eternal life and judgement. Those who have committed their lives to following Jesus will spend eternity with Him in heaven. However those who have not will be punished for their sins.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson
UNREALISED VALUE
Taken from Senior Living Ministries

A story was told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.”

“Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Well, this one wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German”

Sometimes you don’t know the value of what you have until it’s gone. There are people in your life who become so commonplace… you see them every day, talk with them, but you’re never truly grateful for the blessings they bring to your life. Then one day, by death or something else, they’re gone, and you realize how important they really were to you.

Don’t take others in your life for granted. Instead, be thankful to God for the friends and family He’s given you. And let those special people in your life know you care about them while you have the time. Be diligent to express appreciation for those you have today!

Don’t take others in your life for granted. Instead, be thankful to God for the friends and family He’s given you. And let those special people in your life know you care about them while you have the time. Be diligent to express appreciation for those you have today!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to show you those in your life who need to hear you appreciate them.

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leadership factors

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Rev. Andrew Smith
STORM AND CALM

As I write this I’m looking out of the window at the Atlantic Ocean. The view is incredible on a beautiful but cold Saturday afternoon in November. The scenery is quite breathtaking and I can see for miles ahead here on the Shetland Islands.

The crazy thing is that yesterday a violent storm was blowing so hard here that all flights from the Scottish mainland was cancelled and all passengers had to be put in nearby hotels and try again 24 hours later.

As I landed in beautiful conditions earlier today it almost seemed impossible to imagine the storm-like conditions the previous day.

As I looked out on the idyllic surroundings a scripture came forcibly to mind from Isaiah 43 :

” Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.
For I am the Lord your God. ”

Reality is that storms come and go. It’s never pleasant having to go through one but the good news is they do not last forever.
For those reading this today and you’re in the middle of a storm, a never-ending tornado : be encouraged that it will not last forever.
Breakthrough is coming and you will see a better tomorrow.

Stay focused on Jesus and understand that even in your darkest day… He journeys with you and has promised never to leave you or let you go.

So for those in the eye of a storm today be encouraged – it will not last forever.
There are better days ahead!

As the Psalmist once said, ” Weeping endures for a season, but joy comes in the morning”.

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just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford
WHAT A WASTE

When Mary of Bethany poured a flask of expensive ointment on the feet of Jesus, His disciples were shocked. “To what purpose is this waste”? they said (Matt 26:8). But John gives us another angle to this event. He points out that Judas Iscariot, who led the protest, had himself embezzled the apostolic funds. Critics should beware lest their own defects crush their criticisms.
“Waste”? Much depends on your system of values. There are times where money doesn’t matter. Woe to those whose only reckoning is in terms of cash. What did it matter that the equivalent of a year’s wages was expended; this was an act of adoration, and who can measure worship by wealth!

“Waste”? It happened that Mary saw more deeply than the rest: she knew that crucifixion was near, and anointed her Lord beforehand for His burial. Nicodemus loaded expensive spices on the dead body of Jesus, she gave Him her best while He was still alive. lt was a memorable act.

‘Waste”? Even today the world cannot understand the life- style of lovers of the Lord Jesus. Dr Albert Schweitzer achieved greatness as theologian, philosopher, musician and doctor. When he went to Lamberene in darkest Africa the world of science bemoaned his loss, his talents buried in an outlandish place. But he chose to minister to neglected nobodies. The world could not understand, but Jesus did, and this noble missionary stands high in the list of those who loved the Lord more than wealth, fame orsuccess.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson
SIGN OF STRENGTH AND MAJESTY

The religious and political leaders who were in power at the time misread the events of Jesus’ birth. When a woman is to have a baby, she goes to the best hospital she and her husband can afford. They find the best doctors and highly trained specialists. They get the best that money can buy. And they do this not because they feel strong, but because they feel weak.

When God’s Son was born, He was born in a stable under very austere and unsanitary conditions. It happened this way not because God was poor, but because God was sure of himself. The leaders misread the signs. The baby born in the stable is not a sign of a weak and ineffectual king. But it is a sign of a majesty who is secure and knows who He is. It’s a sign of love. The leaders of that time didn’t knowanything about that. And so they missed it. EARL PALMER

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miracles and healing testimonies

Matthew Murray
PRAYER SUPPORT HELPED ME

att murrayThere were moments when Matthew Murray didn’t think he would see 2015 after a near death experience in October. He told IBelieve about his remarkable recovery

A journalist who was tested for Ebola after falling ill following a mission trip to Africa believes God saved him from a deadly form of malaria.

Matthew Murray — iBelieve’s Contributions Editor — was critically ill for three weeks after the malaria spread to 50 per cent of his bloodstream and all his major organs started shutting down. Murray’s wife Becky was told by medics they could do no more and to prepare for the worst — but she turned to social media and asked friends and family to pray for his recovery. Within three hours, Murray’s malaria levels dropped and his organs began to improve. He was released from hospital two-and—a-half weeks later and given a clean bill of health.

Speaking from his South Yorkshire home, Murray said: ”l can’t believe I’m alive. lt’s a miracle for sure. They say that if you have five per cent of malaria in your bloodstream then it can be severe, so when they told my wife it had reached 50 per cent, everyone feared the worst.

My wife turned to her faith, put the message out on Facebook, and Christians all over the world started to pray. l have no doubt whatsoever that God performed a miracle. Even the doctors and nurses admitted it baffled them that I survived. l was a dead man in everyone’s eyes but Jesus saved me.

“l didn’t look at my phone for a week because I was out of it and almost unconscious, but when l logged onto Facebook l was amazed. l had about 2,000 messages, mostly from complete strangers, saying people had been praying for me. Churches cancelled their services and held special prayer meetings, and believers gathered in homes, hotels and small groups, crying out to God on my behalf. I had messages from India, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Australia, Spain, the Philippines and Germany — literally from all over the world — saying that people were praying. A worship leader in Sunderland even wrote a song about me and his church sang it and prayed for my healing.

As soon as l heard that song it gave me hope. I knew the Church had my back and it filled me with instant peace.

”I’m so humbled that so many people were touched to pray for me. It’s been quite overwhelming to hear of the response. The Church saved my life through their prayers and God heard them, reached down into that hospital room and did what only he can do. When medicine could do no more, Jesus stepped in.”

Murray, 27, was on a fundraising trip to America when he complained flu-like symptoms. Two weeks previously he had been in Kenya, where he and Becky run King’s Children’s Home as part of their Murray booked an appointment with a doctor in Daphne, Alabama, who agreed to see him again two days later if his condition worsened. On his second visit, the doctor was extremely concerned and ordered Murray straight to hospital. He had all the symptoms of Ebola and was placed in an isolation room while experts tested him.

“|t was quite traumatic,” Murray revealed. ”My wife couldn’t touch me, hold my hand or kiss my face. She had to wear a huge suit and mask just to be in the same room as me. l was at the other end of the world thinking my life was about to end. We’d been in Kenya, which is the opposite side of Africa to the Ebola outbreak, sol was never really worried about that, but I did know I was very sick. We have a three- year-old son, Josiah, and I wasn’t even allowed to see him for two weeks.

“They tested me for every disease you can think of — Ebola, HIV, rabies, hepatitis — but they came back and told me I had malaria. At first I was relieved because many of our children in Kenva get malaria but with antibiotics they’re OK within a few days. But I had no idea of the severity of the strain and that it would almost kill me.”

As the parasite levels began to rise Murray’s body rejected the antibiotics, and Becky was told that his heart was enlarged, his lungs were functioning at 40 per cent capacity and his liver and kidneys were severely damaged.

“I really did begin to think that was it,” Murray admitted. “I had my faith in Christ and I always knew he could heal me, but the news was getting worse and worse. There were times when I felt so close to death. My mind was going, I was saying strange things and I felt that I would slip into eternity at any second.

“When I started getting better, I’d have a different doctor or nurse walk into my hospital room every day. They’d simply want to congratulate me on surviving. They’d say they saw me when I was first admitted and that everyone assumed I would die.

“I’ve since had some of the doctors and nurses who treated me add me as friends on Facebook. They’ve messaged me privately and said they can’t believe I made it. One even said the turnaround had restored her faith in Jesus.

“God is a God of miracles. Jesus healed people in the Bible and if we believe the Book then we believe he’s the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes.”

Murray’s lungs, heart and liver were all declared well by doctors, but he couldn’t fly back to Britain until his kidneys had improved.

“It was so frustrating,” he added. “Everything was well other than the kidneys. My good friend Nathan Morris, who is a well- known evangelist, came to see me, and I sensed that his visit would be significant. He prayed for me, and from that day, my kidneys got better and better.

“When I got back to England and had them tested again, the consultant said the numbers were completely normal and that there’s no long—term damage.”

Becky is delighted to have her husband home and the couple are busy planning future mission ventures together. “This certainly won’t stop us,” Becky added. “God saved Matthew for a reason and ‘ we’re ready for the next chapter in our lives.”

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Matthew Murray’s doctor, Mike Mahoney, also believes God performed a miracle.

Dr Mahoney, a committed Christian, said: “l believe in miracles as l have witnessed many throughout my life and career. My meeting Matthew was no coincidence. It is still amazing to me that he walked around for as long as he did before he became so deathly ill. My initial compassion for him and his family was that they were all alone in a foreign country with only a couple of friends and without the support system that we all have in our homes and family. l felt compelled to pray for them in this manner.

“As Matthew deteriorated, my prayers changed to simply asking that Matthew not suffer and more towards Becky to give her strength to endure what l felt would be the inevitable. When God opened the door that Matthew possibly could survive, my prayers turned to intercessory prayers for a miracle. Even though Matthew continues to have an occasional setback, not only his survival, but his profound recovery from multi—system organ failure, has been astounding and miraculous.

“Modern medicine and good doctors get credit, but as instruments of God. Matthew gets credit for his faith and determination, but as an example of God’s love. Matthew is alive and with us today and l look forward with eager anticipation to see what great things God has in store for Matthew and his family.”

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