July 5th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE
Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.
I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of a Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful
A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU
The LORD desires you know what it is to live a very full and meaningful life. That is why you are here. His blessed intention is that you might know Him within your daily experience and to enjoy life in all its presentations to you. It is imperative you have a mind, heart and will set towards Him so that united with Him you will be able to accomplish choice things as one. Instead of being limited and negative you will sense a joyous release in your gifting from Him and the knowledge that you can perform at a beautiful rate and in a first-class manner. There will be no existing in embarrassment and lack of self-esteem but the deep consciousness that you are someone in and through Him and what you are doing is of lasting and rewarding value. So today is important to HIM and YOU!
A GOLDEN PROMISE
A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation”- Psalm 68:5
It is such a comfort to know that God promises to be a father to the fatherless. In this fatherless generation that we live in, there has never been a greater need for a Father’s love than right now. With almost 50% of homes in many western countries ending up in divorce, there is a cry today that is echoed by Jesus’ disciples in John 14:8 to… “Show us the Father and it will be enough!”
God not only promises to be a father to the literal fatherless, but also for every person who feels an empty void in their heart for the love that can only come from God Himself. No matter how great our earthly dads are or were, even the best of their love cannot compare to the immense love that flows from the Father to us through His Holy Spirit.
In the same way that fatherless children need fathers, widows need a husband. Divorcees, singles, etc. all need a protecting love. The NKJV, NLT, NIV Bible versions all translate the above WEB Bible to say that God is a defender of widows. The ESV Bible says that God is their protector. In Isaiah 62:5, God promises to rejoice over Israel just like a bridegroom rejoices over His bride.
So whatever love we need, God is the ultimate source of it. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God is love. Whether we need a father, a mother, a friend or a husband, the love of God promises to fill every love deficit in our heart. May we all be comforted in knowing this today.
JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
BEYOND THE BLUE
The glory of the Gospel is that it not only enhances this side of living, but it also reveals the other side of dying.
And no richer expression of this theme is given than the vision of John in The Revelation 7:9-17, where “a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s, and people, and tongues, stood before the Throne.”
Heaven’s negatives. No more loneliness, distress, dire experience, privation or sorrow. And that most tender of promises: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Heaven’s positives. The ecstasy of God’s presence, the thrill of worship, the joy of holy service, the satisfaction of being led and fed by our everlasting Shepherd – the Lamb of God. “Day and night” we will “serve Him”. This expression – “day and night” is but a human term for etemal continuity. We shall have new bodies that do not need to be recuperated by sleep, and renewed spirits that never tire of holy etemal exercises. Worship will be our dominating by activity. Our work will be worship.
And Paul had a glimpse of this glorious realm (2 Cor 12:2-4), so that he could say, “our light affliction, which is but for moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding weight of glory”. The vision of glory to come brightens the gloom of earthly trials.
“The cross is ‘I’ crossed out” – Anonymous
“The cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold” -Boardman
“The cross is the ladder to heaven” – Draxe
“In some strange and mystical way, Calvary is in the geography of the infinite, and the crucifixion is in the calendar of the timeless” – Hughes
“To remember Jesus is to remember first of all his Cross” – John Knox
FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WHY ME, LORD? (PART ONE) – ThomaS Addington
“Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you knoow that the testing ofyourﬂzith develops perseverance” – James 1
It may be a blister on your finger—or an aneurysm in your artery. It may be that you’ve lost your wallet—or you’ve lost your business. It may that your plans for the day have been ruined—or your hopes for a lifetime have been crushed.
One thing is certain: Life delivers tough blows. Every day, every week, and every month we face the possibility of experiencing difficult circumstances and tough times. These are natural and inevitable elements of our lives. Simply being alive means we will face trials, be disappointed, and encounter hardship and hurdles.
It was family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy who reportedly first said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” California pastor and author Robert Schuller added, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” However, centuries earlier, the apostle James revealed the best approach to the trials of life: When the going gets tough, the tough turn to God.
We who are followers of Jesus need to focus on that thought from James and incorporate it into our perspective on life. God uses difficult times to develop character in us. Even after we’ve learned that, we still ask, Why me? However, it’s not just “me.” It’s every one of us. Pain and hardship are instruments God uses to shape us at our core. Knowing His purpose for tough times doesn’t answer every cry or erase every pain, but it does help us grapple with the reality of hardship.
No matter how unfair “and random our troubles may appear to be, God is not absent, removed, or disconnected from our pain. He is still tending to His universe at large—and to each individual in particular. When we hurt, God knows and feels. We are not alone.
So what do you do when the going gets tough?