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Jan 22nd – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word I ‘faith’, but it is more than word to be known. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

FAITH – A LESSON TO BE LEARNED – Genesis 3

Right from the outset, when God created and formed the first couple, Adam and Eve, He sought to nurture in them basic trust and confidence in Himself and His Word. This was the first major lesson to be learned at the outset. He gave them a simple directive to test their belief system as to whether they would wholly trust Him and His commands. The evil one, Satan, knew this and was quick in seeking to pervert and destroy this governing and guiding factor. He cast doubt on what God had said and the couple fell for the trap set and so bitterly learned that it was a foolish thing to do, to dis-believe and disobey.

It proved to be a very costly factor that brought expulsion from a lovely place to reside to many troublesome experiences. They found to their regret that they had missed out on building a glorious accord with the One who had so much planned for their future. They discovered the curse of evil which brought about a great deal of pain and sorrow. Instead of being fulfilled and going on in an ever-increasing fellowship with God, they were exposed to so much weakness and inability.

When a person is turned on to Christ the faith factor is switched on and a trust in God is implanted. It is possible to know the voice of heaven again and to receive precepts and promises of a worthwhile character that can bring quality and fulfilment to life now on a greater scale. Christ desires you learn the lesson on faith in Him and what He has done and in the heavenly Father He has brought to you. Believe Him and His Word and begin to see life open up again as God has purposed.

SACRED SONGS

I’m not Ashamed to Own my Lord

What a privilege, joy an wonder to be switched on to the message of the Cros of Christ, the most magnificent event of history! What wonderful transactions an transformations take place there when people meet Christ there and see what He has wrought by his death! John Bunyan describe the sin-loaded sinner finding the burden release and rolle out of sight when he viewed the Christ on the Cross an understood its message. It is still the in-message that all men must hear and will make a difference!

Author – Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas’ pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary labours. He did not retire from ministerial duties, but preached as often as his delicate health would permit.

1/. I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, or to defend his cause,
Maintain the honour of Hi Word, The glory of His cross’

Chorus

At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, An the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I receive my sight, And now I am happy all the day.

2/. Jesus, my Lord! I know his name, His name is all my boast;
Nor will he put my soul to shame, nor let my hope be lost.

3/. Firm as his throne, his promise stands, And he can well secure

What I’ve committee to His hands, Till the decisive hour.

4/. Then will he own my worthless name, Before his Father’s face,
And in the New Jerusalem appoint my soul a place.

QUOTES TO NOTE – respect

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

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A DRAMATIC RENEWAL – 2 Kings 23

Right from the start, as soon as the king was aware of the demands of the Lord there was a full-hearted response.  He was quick in his response and indicated to Him and the people the way he intended to go. Josiah did not leave the Lord in any doubt whatsoever as to where his affections and ambitions were, as he fulfilled the divine requirements. The Scriptures leave no question as to his loyalty and ultimate testimony. It is recorded for all to assess: “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since” – v25. Such is a credible and praiseworthy witness for all to follow.

He commenced in the right manner by calling all the people and in giving the lead to make a righteous covenant with God – vv2, 3. The first thing was the destruction of all the idols and removal of the idolatrous system that caused so much offence to the Lord. He fearlessly set about the sanctification of the land. He also reintroduced the celebration of the Passover, the recognition of the Lord in making them His people. There was a dramatic change that gave immense pleasure to the Lord.

It is imperative that spiritual renewal takes place in these days where manifest degeneracy has taken place. The Lord is desirous of people coming forth who will be daring enough to face the obvious challenge. It will mean drastic alteration at a personal level and the will to believe and act according to the Scriptures. You can be that individual that commences a dynamic reformation for God today. Why not be that person that will make the difference?

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Jan 21st – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love –The Essential Teaching – John’s Epistles

It is well-known that John a very close disciple of Christ was respected as the ‘apostle of love’. A particular mention is made of the fact that Christ had due regard for this follower for it states in John 20:2 ‘the other disciple, who Jesus loved’. He had gone through a spiritual change for this to be so because he had be called along with his brother James, ‘sons of thunder’.  The ministering an moulding impact of Christ on his inward spirit and life had transformed and given him the nature of Christ. He could not remain the same after over 3 years with Him who who was imbued an motivated by holy passion.

His three New Testament letters to Christian believers is a powerful emphasis on the demand for the whole Christian community to be governed by the love of God. There is due emphasis on the fact that ‘God is love’ – 1 John 4:8. The point I made that God the Gather chose to make mankind His children, forming them into His Family through the inspiration of His love – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” – 1 John 3:1. Being born of Him means there should be the revelation o the Father’s likeness and image in every one of His sons.

It is in this world where there is so much hatred an violence of people towards one another that the Christian household has to give a visible and virtuous display of God the Father’s heart of love. Christ gave a full view of it an he expects that those who claim to be Christian give indisputable and incredible witness of the same quality. The Church has to be a working model of God the Father’s love so that all become influenced an convince of Him. Today you will have opportunity to manifest it to many!

SACRED SONGS

I’ve Found the Pearl of Greatest  Price

The hymnist captures in this song the wonderful riches an blessings that are to be discovered in Christ. Everything that is needed to satisfy an fulfil life completely are provide in Him. The important thing is to live in Him and from His immense resources to take from Him so that every part of living is covered now. This is what He is to be eternally, too!

Author: John Mason – The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise,

Mason’s text in this hymn is from the parable in Matthew 13:45, ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

1/. I’ve found the pearl of greatest  price, My heart doth sing for joy,

An sing I must, for Christ I have – Oh, what a Christ have I!

2/. My Christ, He is the ‘Lord of lords’, The sovereign King of kings’,

The risen ‘un of Righteousness’, With healing in His wings.

3/. My Christ, He is ‘the Tree of Life’, That in God’s Eden grows;

The living ‘clear an crystal stream’  Whence life forever flows.

4/. Christ is my Meat, Christ is my Drink, My Medicine, an my health,

My Portion, mine inheritance, Yea, all my boundless wealth.

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others – Dalai Lama

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A GREAT DISCOVERY – 2 Kings 22

The decease of two bad kings prepared the way for another whose heart was set towards the Lord. Josiah, though so young, had a readiness to place the Lord in His rightful place and honour Him in every way. He wanted to adopt the way of faith and life of his great ancestor, David. His first priority was to restore the Temple, the dwelling place of the Lord. This goal reveals Josiah’s emphasis of his being to be in quest of the Lord and His glory. What a noble commencement to the beginning of his reign!

In restoring the divine sanctuary, they came across the sacred writings contained in a book, which enclosed God’s laws and requirements.  When they brought it to Josiah he wanted to discover what God had to say and was both horrified and mortified over the fact of the disobedience of previous monarchs and people. He humbled himself immediately and asked the priest to find out the current position with God. Relationship with Him must be restored above all. And the Lord was pleased with his attitude and responded in a positive manner, so judgment was spared in his days. The book made a remarkable difference!

God has given a wonderful legacy of truth to mankind in the production of the Holy Scriptures as contained in the Bible. Everyone needs to discover its wealth and worth and find out what He has to say in life about life. Make certain that you read, study, and meditate in God’s Word on a daily basis so that you are properly informed as to His mind and ways. Have a heart and hunger to know what His plans and purposes are, and as you are diligent in His Word, you will safeguard your life from many evils and at the same time benefit from faith in and obedience to Him throughout all your days.

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Jan 20th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love – The Motivation in Life and Service – 2 Cor 5: 13

The great missionary-evangelist, Paul, affirmed what was the inspired dynamic in his personal life and service very clearly. He said: “For the love of Christ constraineth us” – 2 Cor 5:13. He was held in, bound and galvanized with the same passion that was in Jesus Christ. For him, this was the crucial and critical element that made all the difference to him and his ministry for Christ. Because he was so beset by this love, it enabled him to perform in like manner as Christ revealed.

Christ and Paul have set the tone and standard for the whole of Christendom for all time. The bar has not been lowered whatsoever and there is still the demand for this quality of motivation. Church history provides with a host of names of people who caught this fire and flame and became relentless in their pursuit for Christ and His kingdom. They were determined, Martin Luther, Latimer and Ridley, John Wesley, General Booth, Hudson Taylor, etc., who possessed the same kind of love as Christ.

The challenge is now with the Christian Church today. It must not be shamed by the example of those who have followed in Christ’s tracks. The opportunity is now presented of revealing to all men what inspires and motivates both life and service. You, too, can and must make a valuable contribution to the witness of Christ at this late hour in human history.

SACRED SONGS

Jesus was Slain for me, at Calvary

This is a simple three-verse hymn that spells out clearly the message of Christ His advent into the world was with this in mind, to be the substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. He suffered death and alienation from God to procure the right for every sinner to be forgiven, cleansed of all guilt and shame and too be re-united with God the Father. Well, the sin issue has been settled once for all by Christ and it is time that you  believed and accepted the message. The place Calvary is where all happened, the greatest love-spot in human history!

1/.  Jesus was slain for me, At Calvary, Crowned with thorns was He, At Calvary.

There He in anguish died, There from His opened side, Poured forth the crimson tide, At Calvary.

2/. Pardoned is all my sin, At Calvary. Cleansed is my hearth within, At Calvary.

Now robes of praise I wear, Gone are my grief and care, Christ bore my burdens there, At Calvary.

3/. Wondrous His love for me, At Calvary. Glorious His victory, At Calvary.

Vanquished are death and hell, Oh, let His praises swell, Ever my tongue shall tell, Of Calvary.

QUOTES TO NOTE – respect

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say – Bryant H. McGill

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DEPTHS OF DEPRAVITY – 2 Kings 21

It is true to state that there are tremendous heights to which a person can aspire and reach of godly character by God‘s grace. Conversely there are also terrible depths of degeneracy and depravity to which an individual can sink when God is left out of life. A wonderful standard had been attained through Hezekiah but probably he missed the opportunity of putting everything in order for the strengthening and blessing of the kingdom when the Lord spoke to him. He may well have been aware of the waywardness and wickedness of Manasseh and did nothing about it. So when he died he left the nation exposed to an awful monarch and reign.

Manasseh seemed to be bent on evil right from the onset and led the people on a downward track. He was powerfully governed by evil and introduced everything that was objectionable to God. He took delight in doing all that was evil and offensive. So he stirred up the wrath of God to the point where God predicted through His servants the judgment that was to occur. As a consequence of his reign, so many suffered through the tyranny and depravity.

The thing that comes out of a brief review of his life is the obvious truth and fact that sin always takes people away from God, and all that are good. It also takes the life down a degenerate course that undoes and destroys. Learn the lesson that all evil must be avoided and no sin must be tolerated because it produces a way of life that misses out on God’s grace and blessing. Make sure that inbuilt in you is a resistance to all that is of a wicked order and so safeguard your life and destiny.

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Jan 19th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love – The Ultimate Demonstration – John 3:16; Romans 5

It takes God himself to give a full revelation of pure love an passion and this He did in the granting of His Son to become a human to produce an incredible work on man’s behalf. The greatest text of truth said in be written is John 3:16 – “For Go so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . .”. He gave Him to be born of Adam’s race, a human being; He gave Him to bless and relief mankind with an extraordinary ministry an service, and then gave Him to die on the Cross to become man’s sin bearer making it possible to forgive sin and reconcile man to Himself, and that includes you!

The Cross was the actual venue where Go put on display in a quiet but dynamic manner and measure is infinite love. He shows once for all how vast, high, deep an great is incredible affection for the sons of men, Yes, and that includes you! Paul puts it like this: “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Note: Christ id not die for us because we were good but that we needed to be made good. Through the Cross the LORD would move your heart to embrace His kind of love.

God will not force Himself on you but quietly shows how much he has loved an loves you in Christ an what He ha accomplished for you. Being in God’s Family and living in accord with Him is based on nothing less or more than His kind of love. Let Him infuse you with it until you are indwelt and inspired today by an with it and for eternity, too. Nothing could be better or greater for you.

SACRED SONGS

If I knew Thee a thou Art

This lovely was composed by a beautiful Christian an great preacher, Ian Macpherson. He had an immense love for the Christ. This comes out as he begins to try and evaluate the wonder an worth of His matchless Lord and Saviour. There is the indication sense that he felt, good man that he was, inadequate to describe fully the beauty an splendour of thi matchless person! I think every true believer would agree. There is no one like Jesus!

1/. If I but knew Thee as Thou art, O loveliness unknown,

With what desire, O Lord, my heart  Would claim Thee for its own.

2/. Thy glory would my shame conceal, Thy purity my dross:

I should rejoice with Thee to feel The sorrow of the cross.

3/. But I am dull and blind, 0 Lord, Unapt of Thee to learn;

Thee I but dimly in Thy word, As in a glass, discern.

4/. With faith’s warm finger, through the veil, I seek to touch Thy hand:

I feel the imprint of the nail And partly understand.

5/ But, ah, my lonely spirit tires Of knowing Thee in part.

O Jesus, how my soul desires To see Thee as Thou art

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect – Bruce Lee

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WRONG MOTIVATION – 2 Kings 20

Hezekiah’s prayer, on the occasion of his terminal sickness, should have evidenced a pure, divine motivation. The word of the Lord to him concerning his death gave him the opportunity of setting everything in place for the future in terms of the kingdom in a godly manner. But he was more concerned about himself than he was of God or his family and nation. All he could think about was leaving this life and he did not want to die.

His plea to the Lord was of his previous behaviour and commitment to him. When the Lord assured him of recovery and about what was to happen after his decease with the invasion of Babylon and the removal of the Temple treasures and his family, he again showed a wrong motivation. He said: “At least there will be peace and security during the remainder of my own life!” – v19. It is sad to think that his mind was merely considering his own ease and comfort. When you note how the Lord had saved him and the people from becoming victims to the Assyrian forces one should have expected a far better mind and attitude.

There is always the grave danger of being wrongly motivated. Good people who seem to have done a good job can get admixture into their lives and desires later on. It is always necessary to know what God wants and even if it is against your own judgment and considerations to bow and acquiesce to it. When He speaks in His wisdom and grace it is always with your interest at heart and the ultimate good of His whole Kingdom. This is what should inspire you in life and at death. Look well always to the inward springs of your motivations and desires so that they conform to God’s perfect will for your life and service.

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Jan 18th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially with and in ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Love – A Wholehearted Expression – David ‘s Example throughout Life

Taking a look at the life of David from beginning to end it is apparent that he ha a deep-rooted love for God an people. He was in love with life and all associated with it. Very early as a young lad he had a true and a strong affection for the Lord. He ha God-given gifts that he use and expressed in his love for God. It wasn’t a problem for him to compose and play out on his instrument psalms of praise in adoration of Him who filled his thought an desires. In one of his psalms he says and sings: “I  love the LORD, because he has heard my voice an my supplications” – Psalm 116:1.

Before His decease he was able to make vast contribution to the building of the majestic Temple to and for the LORD. He went all out to raise an enormous capital for this major enterprise. When judgment was Israel and a plague broke out he pleaded to the LORD for its end. As the LORD responded so avid was to makes sacrifice on the spot purchasing the ground from Araurnah. He would not accept it as a gift but uttered some memorable words :I will not offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which cost me nothing” – 2 Samuel 24:24. His first commitment was to impress the LORD with his love.

In your life this characteristic exhibited in and by David must be birth and totally expressed in and through you. At each stage of life, from early childhood and onward there is to be glorious unfolding and display of your genuine affection for Him. The opportunity and privilege is now yours, today. To reveal to God an man, the reality of this virtuous quality. Make use of such and leave a witness behind of your unstinted passion and devotion.

SACRED SONGS

As I Journey Through the  Land

Like the Israelites of old, as they journeyed from Egypt to Canaan, the period between was regarded as a pilgrimmage. They had been slave but now they were pilgrims moving on to something bigger and better than they ha ever known. It was a joy to anticipate something infinitely richer than had been their lot in slavery. So the parallel: the Christian is now a pilgrim moving out of this temporary world into permanent residency in heaven, where all is so different. Now just a sojourner: but in heaven a royal citizen forever.

R.H. Cornelius, known as Rufus Cornelius by his friends, was born in Blount Co., AL., January 24, 1872. He was educated in the public schools of Oneonta, the county seat. He began teaching in the public schools at an early age and at one time was associate Principal of the Oneonta High School. It was while teaching in the high school that he became interested in church music and began to study with some of the best teachers of the time. His first major teacher was the late A J Showalter in one of his normals at Eden, AL. He continued his study with this well-known teacher until he had finished the courses a second time. He soon felt that the study of harmony was his first love in his study and soon became one of the best harmon teachers of his time.

Near the close of the century, he moved to Texas and settled in Midlothian, Ellis Co., where he established a publishing house and published many fine gospel song books that sold by the thousands.. Soon after coming to Texas, he devoted much time to teaching singing schools (Cornelius Normal Musical Institute) and soon became one of the best known teachers of that great state, often having many more calls for schools than he could have time for. In many cases his schools were dated years ahead. he had possessed a beautiful tenor voice and was of a very pleasant personality. This caused his to be loved by all who knew him. About 1914 he was called to Southwestern Baptist Seminary as head of the music department. After several years here in the Baptist School in Ft Worth, Texas, he felt he was more needed back in the field of teaching and songbook publishing. Soon after coming to Texas, he married Maycon Temperance Burleson, who was a fine singer and musician and wrote many songs.During the first 32 years of the 20th Century, this couple of musicians blessed the State of Texas with their singing and teaching. Of all the fine song written by Mr. Cornelius, “Oh, I want to See Him” will carry his memory for years to come. The Cornelius’ were members of the Baptist Church and were devoted Christians.

1/. As I journey through the land, singing as I go, Pointing souls to Calvary—to the crimson flow,
Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within; But my Lord leads me on, through Him I must win.

Refrain:
Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face, There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of glory let me lift my voice, Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

2/. When in service for my Lord dark may be the night, But I’ll cling more close to Him, He will give me light;
Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside; But my Lord goes ahead, leads whate’er betide – refrain

3/. When in valleys low I look toward the mountain height, And behold my Saviour there, leading in the fight,
With a tender hand outstretched toward the valley low, Guiding me, I can see, as I onward go – refrain

4/. When before me billows rise from the mighty deep, Then my Lord directs my bark; He doth safely keep,
And He leads me gently on through this world below; He’s a real Friend to me, oh, I love Him so -refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little – Oliver Goldsmith

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LORD PROTECTORATE – 2 Kings 19

The Lord did have something important to say amidst this stressful situation. Isaiah made a forecast as to the outcome of the events. The king did not need to worry about the objectionable words of the opposition because the Lord had noted them and was undisturbed. He said, “Tell your master not to be troubled by the sneers these Assyrians made against Me” – v5 Living Bible. They were of no consequence to Him that occupies the real throne of power. They were wasting their breath against the One who rules time and eternity!

The promise was given for Hezekiah to trust – “For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake” – v34. He is the true Defender of Zion, the Holy City. He could allow it to be seemingly reduced to the point where the besiegers thought they had won and suddenly turn it all round in a moment to conquest. All that God used in this instance was one angel to go and smite the Assyrian host and put it out of action – vv35. The Lord knew how to protect His inheritance.

The Lord has not lost any of His genius or ability to deal with serious situations that threaten the well being of His people or property. It is possible at all times for His people to look alone to Him as their Chief Protector and Defender. It does not matter how dark and difficult things may appear to be, there is no need to be unduly troubled because He is still around to act on behalf of His own. You can place your confidence in Him for He will not let you down. He will give you a word into your circumstances that will place you in peace knowing that He will answer every threat.

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Jan 17th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’; an all important word an truth to be known and released. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love – A Fundamental Requirement – Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:25-28

The fact that both Testaments voice the fact that Jehovah required above all else the possession and primacy of love, that it should be present and prevail above everything else in His people toward himself underlines its essentiality: “And you shall love the LORD  thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might”. He required this dominant, driving dynamic to be inside of each Israelite and so reveal to Him all above else they were subject to this fine law and force. This would purify their affections and motivation and make them approved of and by Him in every way and all times.

He was quite right in His demand because it would place them in a position where He could respond in blessed and beneficial ways. It would be the route by which they would become the recipients of the choicest and best in everything. He had already proved His eternal passion for them but He longed to build on it more and more

Christ having loved you and given outstanding evidence of it calls forth for this from all Christendom. What He seeks above all from each Christian believer in Him, not only faith, but a supreme quality, love, yes, His kind of love. He seeks to inspire its presence and to promote its action. Look at His three-fold challenge to Peter – “Do you really love me?” – John 21: 15-17. This is what will make all the difference to life and living and save from embarrassment when He is ultimately faced. Let His kind of ruling love be inside of you and you will enjoy a glowing accord with him.

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Down from His Splendour

It is good to have a true understanding of the nature an worth of Christ which provokes and promotes in a real Christian the pure and holy response. The hymn writer reveals what Christ left and came into and did for mankind thus stirring the right re-action in the breast of the believer. He states: “How can I help but love Him, when He loved me so”. More meditation and reflection on His passion an mission should awaken a glowing affirmation of appreciation and adoration.

The author was Elton Menno Roth. Nothing is known much of him but much is known of the One he presents in this song.

1/. Down from His splendour in glory He came, Into a world of woe;
Took on Himself all my guilt and my shame, Why should He love me so?

Refrain

How can I help but love Him, When He loved me so?
How can I help but love Him, When He loved me so?

2/.  I am unworthy to take of His grace, Wonderful grace so free;
Yes, Jesus suffered and died in my place, E’en for a soul like me – Refrain

3/. He is the fairest of thousands to me, His love is sweet and true;
Wonderful beauty in Him I now see, More than I ever knew – Refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage – Zig Ziglar

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNDER GREAT THREAT – 2 Kings 18:9-36; 19:1

It was to be a time of tremendous stress and threat on every hand as the Assyrians rose to power and began to show their vindictive strength. They were hard and brutal as they conquered the nations around. Israel was to fall foul of them and became victims of their cruelty as the inhabitants were taken from their homeland. It looked as if Jerusalem would become subject to their designs, too. A number of cities had already fallen and it looked as if the Holy City would be the next to go.

Hezekiah had done everything to pacify but it was no good. He needed to trust God under this great threat. The evil opposition besieged the sacred capital, vented its abuse and affirmed there was no way that it would be spared from falling into its hands. What was to be done under the traumatic circumstances? The king called for silence and then there was a genuine repentance reflected in the tearing of their clothes and the putting on of sackcloth. It shows how desperate they were. And then there was a resorting to prayer – v1. In turning to God at this crisis hour He was the One to really answer it.

It could well be that your world has come crashing down around you and your whole situation is truly being threatened. How essential to know what to do when pressure of this nature is being applied. One thing is certain: God is never ever under threat. He has the wisdom and capacity to deliver when all things are at their worst. The thing that has to be done in faith is to hand the problem over to Him. He is ready to take on the responsibility. He can turn situations around in an extraordinary manner and prove beyond doubt that He is the Lord.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE PROPHETIC VOICE  

Micah 2 & 3

Micah had to face the fact of the presence of false prophets in his day. One of the things to be contested was the existence and exercise of these persons who did not do the people any good. However, it would seem that this was the kind of messengers that they wanted and listened to – 2: 11. They certainly did not want to listen or hearken to true words coming as from a messenger of Jehovah – 2:6,7. The false ones that were amongst them were only interested in their own ends – 3: 5-7. The Lord predicts what their future and end will be. But Micah truly asserts his own position amidst this climate.

1/. HE IS DIVINELY AND AUTHENTICALLY INSPIRED – 3: 8

He is personally and deeply conscious of the anointing of God’s Spirit in his being and aware that he is God’s true messenger to the people. There was the rich token of God’s presence and the prophet felt it in a powerful fashion. No uncertainty exists on this front as the quickening life of God flows in and through him.  He could not do otherwise but confess the inspiration that was resident and at work within him. Jesus Christ could equally say the same as He commenced His dynamic and prophetic ministry – Luke 4: 18. This is what makes the difference and authenticates messenger and message.

2/. HE IS POSSESSED WITH A SENSE OF JUSTICE AND STRENGTH – 3: 8

A sense of divine righteousness possesses his mind and heart and he is strong in his convictions and assertions. He is not ignorant of what righteousness is all about and what should be the standard creed and conduct for God’s people to be embracing and evidencing. If he is to have a cutting edge upon his ministry then he must know in his own life and exercise the holy standard required by the Lord and act accordingly, if he was to stand before the people to declare righteousness  There must be no weakness on this front.

3/. HE IS COMMITTED TO PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH – 3: 8-11

He evidences fearlessness, ready to point out the wickedness of rulers, leaders, priests, prophets, priests and people. There is no sweeping under the carpet but a total exposure of what is basically wrong all around. There is to be no cover up policy but a bringing to light of all the current evils. Sin and sinners are not to be countenanced and given credence. He is prepared to give a complete exposure and declare there position to be untenable.

4/. HE IS READY TO DECLARE THE ULTIMATE RESULT – 3: 12

He has a clear insight from the Lord as to what is going to occur and it is not very pleasant. Mount Zion will be ploughed up, become a heap of rubble and a forest will grow where the Temple has been. There will be nothing left of people or place. The glory and the grandeur will all be gone and the true prophetic voice and word fulfilled. All the false will be seen for what it was – vain.

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Jan 16th – 2017

ernest kitchenRev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love – An Exemplary Illustration – Genesis 22

One of the earliest and helpful examples of a man expressing his love to and for God is detected in Abraham. In late life this person came to know and believe in Jehovah as God and handed himself over into His hands. There was a will to look to Him for direction and to obey Him completely whatever the demand. He left his kindred to go to a land of God’s appointment believing he had an incredible future ahead. The Lord stood with Him fulfilling an impossible promise of granting a child off Sarah who was past child bearing.

The acid test as to whether he really loved Go was to come. He had developed a real bond of love and fellowship with Isaac until his early teens. His son was his special delight. Looking at him he sensed his posterity would be preserved. And then he was to be challenged by God to sacrifice his son! Was he prepared to do this? Who had priority in his affections, Isaac or God? As the story and drama unfolds Abraham does not hesitate but gives to God a demonstration of his love for Him. The reason being, he knew that if He has the Lord in first place all would work out well. And he turned out a winner and an example for all to express their love for God.

In review of your spiritual state, is this kind of genuine love in you? Are you possessed with a real passion for Him, whatever He requires you are quick to respond in the affirmative?  As angels and men observe your faith and conduct, are they impressed by your instant obedience? Leave behind to family, friends, neighbours and even your possible opponents, your love for God is undeniable. The opportunity is yours!

SACRED SONGS

Behold what Love, what Boundless Love

One of the blessed things is to know what Jesus Christ has come to make us. His advent an work was in order to make it possible for the sons of men to become the sons of God; to constitutes those who receive Him into their lives as members of a Special household, God’s Family. It take a supernatural miracle to do it but He is the One that can and does. To be able to know and call God as Father and to live in close relationship with Him is the real boon and blessing of life. The truth of such comes out in this hymn.

1/. Behold, what love, what boundless love, The Father hath bestowed
On sinners lost, that we should be Now called the sons of God!

Refrain

Behold, what manner of love! What manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
That we, that we should be called, Should be called the sons of God!

2/. No longer far from Him but now By precious blood made nigh,
Accepted in the Well beloved, Near to God’s heart we lie – Refrain

3/. What we in glory soon shall be, It doth not yet appear;
But when our precious Lord we see, We shall His image bear – Refrain

4/. With such a blessèd hope in view, We would more holy be,
More like our risen, glorious Lord, Whose face we soon shall see – Refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person – Mignon McLaughlin

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TOTAL DEVOTION – 2 Kings 18: 1-8

One of the mysteries and inexplicable facts of life is that of a wicked king following the reign of a very godly one and vice versa. This happened here. Hezekiah assumed the throne and turned out to be an utter contrast to his father who was so evil. His predecessor was renowned for doing what was wrong but he arrived on the scene to institute divine reform in the interests of the people. He was of a different character altogether and purposed to do things that were right and pleased God.

It would not have been easy for him to have made this break and set the standard but he had the great element of faith and trust in his heart. It says, “He trusted very strongly in the Lord God of Israel . . . and that He followed the Lord in everything” – v5 (Living Bible). This record reveals where his thoughts, desires and will were. Whatever had gone on before was not going to be allowed to dictate the spiritual policy and programme. He was going to make a difference and to see things divinely transformed to the blessing of all.

No excuses should be made as to dealing with the issues that are to be confronted today even though what has preceded has been utterly negative and destructive. The opportunity is presented to bring some decisive amendment by and through God to this seeming godless generation. You can make a mark for God in these times as you raise the standard of spiritual and moral purity through a devotion to the Lord. Be resolved in your being toward God and you will see what He will do.

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Jan 15th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love – The Supreme Virtue

The clear, emphatic teaching that comes through the Scriptures, God’s Word, is that love is to be considered the supreme quality for any being to possess and portray. Nobody is left in any doubt as to what should be the crowning and all essential virtue to be made manifest and obvious. It is the highest excellence to be known. Paul categorizes three qualities: faith, hope an love, but the greatest of the three is love – 1 Cor 13:13. It is a quiet, unassuming nature that does not make a showy display but leaves its fragrance and radiance in its wake.

This is a consistent theme of the scriptures both in the Old and new Testaments and needs to be underlined and declare throughout Christendom. The convincing testimony to the reality and genuineness of whether a person is a Christian I detailed by Christ right here. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another” – John 13:35. The true, authenticate hallmark that a person is really a believer in and follower of Christ is in this distinguishable quality.

In a world that is full of hate generate by the evil one, Satan, the opposite has to be in evidence thus revealing who is the inspiration of the life. Christ’s residency and presidency will be apparent in the disclosure of His loving, heavenly passion. Make sure this is now the inward driving factor at the heart of your being, belief and behaviour.

SACRED SONGS

Why should I Charge my Soul with Care?

Sometimes it is a good healing to mind an heart to speak and sing to yourself especially when it is properly focused Here is an instance When overloaded and over-bothered concerning things that are happening in your life an affairs of a negative order Then is the time to break out in faith an song with the words of this hymn. Instead of being weighted down with worry and anxiety over matters, throw them over to your Lord. Do what Peter the apostle called you to do: “Casting all your care upon Him, for he careth for you?” – 1 Peter 5:7. He is the great Burden-Bearer. He can carry both you and your load!

Composer: Towner, Daniel B. (Rome, Pennsylvania, 1850–1919). Attended grade school in Rome, Penn. when P.P. Bliss was teacher. Later majored in music, joined D.L. Moody, and in 1893 became head of the music department at Moody Bible Institute. Author of more than 2,000 songs.

1/. Why should I charge my soul with care? The wealth of every mine
Belongs to Christ, God’s Son and Heir, And He’s a Friend of mine.

Refrain

Yes, He’s a Friend of mine, And He with me doth all things share;
Since all is Christ’s, and Christ is mine, Why should I have a care?
For Jesus is a Friend of mine.

2/. The silver moon, the golden sun, The countless stars that shine,
Are His alone, yes, every one, And He’s a Friend of mine – Refrain

3/. He daily spreads a glorious feast, And at His table dine
The whole creation, man and beast, And He’s a Friend of mine – Refrain

4/. And when he comes in bright array, And leads the conqu’ring line,
It will be glory then to say, That He’s a Friend of mine – Refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

My worldview, my philosophy, my attitudes, my relationships, my parenting, my marriage – everything has been transformed by my relationship with Christ –  Lee Strobel

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SAD TALE AND END – 2 Kings 17

The history of the northern kingdom Israel unfolded with its ultimate demise because of the wickedness of the kings and people. They were subjected to being overtaken and exiled to the land of Assyria without a land to call their own or without any seeming identity or future. They had forfeited the right to possess and live in the land because of their failure to honour God and His laws.  The record has it in v7 – “This disaster came upon the nation of Israel because the people worshiped other gods, thus sinning against the Lord their God who had brought them safely out of their slavery in Egypt.” He had every reason to punish them in this way because of their persistent attitudes and actions.

Throughout the whole period the Lord had sought to stay this execution. He had sent some fine, courageous men to forewarn them that if they continued in the ways of evil then they would be judged – v13. There had been a refusal to listen and so the final day of reckoning came when they were expelled and made to serve a foreign power. They had left Him with no other option but to bar and exclude them from the choice inheritance. It could have been different!

It is to be realized that sin does mean that people will forfeit many blessings that could have been theirs from God. It is impossible to reject God and His ways and not suffer in some way. The principle still applies today. There should be no abuse of God’s grace and when He speaks into our lives pointing out the wrongs that must be repented of and turned from there should be immediate, positive response to His call. It is in your interest to always seek what He desires then the blessing on your life and future will be safeguarded.

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welcome to this christian website

Jan 14th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is ‘communion’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Communion – Fellowship with the Saints – Acts 2: 41-47; Hebrews 10: 23-25

Christ me it very clear what would happen when saints gathered together to meet with HIM. He gave a sacred promise: “He would be present, in the midst” Matthew 18:20. And he always keeps His word. This was the immediate action of the infant New Testament Church – Acts 2; 41,42. They felt it imperative to gather every day to enjoy each others company and to built up in their initial faith. Tremendous things occurred because they were excited at the prospect of what would take place in so many ways.

The command is given in Hebrews 10:25 not to forget this sacred ordinance. Satan, above all, would seek to prevent this wholesome habit and saints need to be aware of it. If he can hinder you from this sacred devotion he knows he is on a winner. Do not give him any advantage whatsoever. He will tempt by offering other things to replace that look attractive an inviting, but know they are a very poor substitutes to fellowshipping with saints an the Lord. As you congregate, the Lord would inspire and renew with vision of Himself and make known he intends to open up your life and ministry in a greater manner. Even when you are being tried, meeting with Him and the saints gives the opportunity to be renewed and to move on better for the experience.

Seek to set a good example and tone to other Christian believers by your regular present in the immediate future. Contribute where and when you can in the gathering in so many ways so that the contents are rich and where Christ is known and enjoyed. You can make a difference by encouraging others to attend and encourage those who lead and participate in any way. Be sure of this, Christ will make sure you will not miss out!

SACRED SONGS

Will Your Anchor Hold?

In a world that appears to be fast falling apart on all fronts, how vital it is to have a true anchor to lay hold to keep one steady and hopeful. That is where Christ fits in so admirable an effectually. One can discover a refuge and strength in Him because He never fell apart although severely tested. He won through and when He returns to rule all those who have fixed their faith in Him will not be disappointed. Make sure you have made your contact with Him and become consolidated in and by him.

Author: Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she was engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen had interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children’s services. 

1/.  Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
[Refrain:]

We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

2/.  Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear, when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rave, and the wild winds blow, shall the angry waves then your bark o’erflow? [Refrain]

3/.  Will your anchor hold in the floods of death, when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail, while your anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

4/ Will your eyes behold through the morning light the city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore, when life’s storms are past for evermore? [Refrain]

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave –  Martin Luther

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A BAD EXAMPLE – 2 Kings 16

There was certainly nothing good to record about this king of Judah, Ahaz. Right from start to finish he virtually ignored the Lord and reveals that he had no intentions of abiding by His laws and ways. It seems that he copied the kings of the northern kingdom in introducing idolatrous worship, which was an offence to the Lord. One would have thought that he would have gone down the same track of his grandfather and father. However, he was determined to do his own thing.

It was not a profitable course of action because he was invaded both by Syria and Israel and suffered loss. This should have taught him a salutary lesson. Even so he called on the assistance of the king of Assyria to help out and he had to pay for it. He wanted to do his own thing again by introducing a new altar to the Temple and removing the other from its true place. He was bent on carrying out his own idea irrespective of the Lord’s revealed will. As the monarch he proved to be a spiritual liability to his people and one that failed his task and duty. He had a great opportunity of making the kingdom great for God but missed it completely.

Everyone leaves a record behind either for good or bad. There is no possibility of being able to amend this man’s record. It remains as history and has to be accounted for in the final Day of Judgment. How essential it is that all make sure that they honour the Lord. One of the ways of doing this is by adopting godly principles of faith and conduct. No one will be permitted to have a re-run of life to amend the errors and failures so it is imperative to have things right first time before God. Make sure that what you believe and do meet with God’s approval so you will leave a good example for others to emulate.

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Jan 13th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is ‘communion’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Communion – an Inviting an Blessed Experience – Psalm 122

David was always glad when he had the opportunity of spending time with God in fellowship. He counted it as a priority in his life and was one of the outstanding reasons for his acceptance before God and success. It was when he was very young that he encountered God in looking after a flock of sheep and learned the art of worship, making melody to the Lord and developing his musical talent. There is no doubt that he drew great faith and encouragement in the Lord on those Judean hills. His life and life-style truly stands out to be emulated.

The book of psalms certainly endorses the fact and pays tribute to him in the collection of His songs which he sung to the Lord in communion. He loved the Tabernacle being present amongst Israel, knowing God was with him and His people. As communion and worship held its supreme position he sensed that all would go well as Jehovah was honoured by Him and the people. And it occurred!

You need to spend more time in personal and communal worship of the Lord. You lay a holy foundation in your own life an in the community when you diligently apply yourself to and congregate with others in this heavenly pursuit. Neglect of it brings poverty in spirit and life, so you cannot afford to lose out on your time spent with Him. Let it be a cause of intense gladness to gather with the saints and with HIM!

SACRED SONGS

The Lord’s My Shepherd

This has been one of the favourites of the Christian Church for ages. Psalm 23 was David’s composition of heart that was first sung on those Judean hills centuries ago. It is still good to know, Jehovah, the Ever Living and Present One is still around to fulfil Hi role of over-seeing and caring of His people. Make it a song that you sing out in faith to Him and let the powers of evil known you are wonderfully care for!
The first verse of the psalm as well as a long tradition ascribe authorship to King David, said in the Hebrew Scriptures to have been a field shepherd himself as a youth.

Psalm 23 is traditionally sung by Jews in Hebrew at the third Shabbat meal on Saturday afternoon. It is also sung during the Yizkor service. Sephardicand some Hassidic Jews also sing during Friday afternoon services and as part of the Sabbath night and day meals and before marital relations on Friday night. It is read at a cemetery funeral service instead of the traditional prayer during Jewish holiday

The standard Hebrew text of the Bible used in Judaism is the Masoretic text standardized between the 7th and 10th centuries CE.

For Christians the image of God as a shepherd evokes connections not only with David but with Jesus, described as “Good Shepherd” in the Gospel of John. The phrase about “the valley of the shadow of death” is often taken as an allusion to the eternal life given by Jesus.

Orthodox Christians typically include this Psalm in the prayers of preparation for receiving the Eucharist.

The Reformation inspired widespread efforts in western Europe to make biblical texts available in vernacular languages. One of the most popular early English versions was the Geneva Bible (1557). The most widely recognized version of the psalm in English today is undoubtedly the one drawn from the King James Bible (1611).

The psalm is a popular passage for memorization and is often used in sermons.

1/. The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me the quiet waters by.

2/. My soul he doth restore again; And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness, Even for his own Name’s sake.

3/. Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill;
For thou art with me; and thy rod And staff my comfort still.

4/. My table thou hast furnished In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.

5/. Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years – Simone Signoret

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A STARK CONTRAST – 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26

This chapter gives a stark contrast between the kings of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Over a period of fifty years there was great upheaval in the northern part with frequent changes of royal dynasties as well as invasions from Syria, which proved very costly. There was much political intrigue, murder and deposition of the monarchs. No trust existed in this climate of constant decline and insecurity. This had a large detrimental effect on true worship and respect for God. Consequently people went there own spiritual way.

It was far different in Judah because the two kings, Uzziah and Jotham, father and son, were good rulers. The kingdom was blessed and grew strong in their reigns. Peace and security prevailed in Judah. Through Uzziah a tremendous amount of progress was made. The only sad blot was in Uzziah’s reign when he performed a priestly act outside his remit. He went into the temple to offer incense and was smitten with leprosy – see 2 Chronicles 26: 16. Pride became his downfall.

Lessons are to be learned from the comparisons of these two kingdoms. The contrasting paths and consequences of wickedness and righteousness reveal the wisdom of going with God and doing that which accords with His standards. The reign of righteousness in the life is that which creates and brings peace, security and true prosperity. It is important that you perceive and choose that which will bring the real and lasting advantages to your life. Following God’s ways will ensure that you meet His approval and receive His full benediction at all times.

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