welcome to this christian website

Dec 10th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE
The Christian is rich beyond measure because of the amazing legacies that have been bequeathed. If there is one thing that Christmas should teach you is the glorious truth that Christ came to enrich with His Presence, Salvation and infinite Gifts that are of a ceaseless nature. What He has bestowed cannot be purchased by natural means but is made available through the kindness an generosity of God the Father. There is the rich legacy of the Lord Himself and all the riches of His love, grace, wisdom, peace. joy, power etc., that are to be found in and through Him. He has left the legacy of His word and the legacy of His Spirit. Such is for the now world but then there is the untold legacy to come, heaven and a great future. Now is the time to receive and to learn from above and not from below. It makes all the difference to life!

SACRED SONGS

God has Blotted them Out

It is a good thing to know that God has once and for all dealt with the sin question and problem through the vicarious death of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the Cross. That was an historic moment with dynamic, lasting effect. All sin has been atoned for and all sinners can be forgiven, cleansed and free from all sin. This hymn affirms it in no uncertain manner. Simply trust in Christ’s atoning death wipes sin away and the sinner is fully justified and acquitted. So rejoice in your pardon, peace and power, today. This is a great song written by Pentecostal authors Mr. and Mrs Seth Sykes

1/. I’m happy glad and free, Since the Lord has pardoned me.

And by His blood has washed my sins away

I now can sing and shout, My sins are blotted out, oh, happy day that fixed my choice in Jesus.

Refrain

God has blotted them out, God has blotted them out.

My sins like a cloud hung over me, He blotted tem out when He set me free,

God has blotted them out, God has blotted them out.

2/. Well may my heart rejoice, Since the Lord became my choice,

For I’ve been lifted from the miry clay;

I sing along the way, My night is turned to day, I’m fully saved and satisfied in Jesus.

3/ What rapture doth abound, Since I heard the joyful sound

Of full salvation wonderful and free; His Word I cannot doubt, My sins are blotted out,

And all my need is now supplied in Jesus.

4/. When in the Glory land, I join the blood-washed band,

I’ll sing the song of Jesu’s precious blood,

That freed my soul from sin –  of grace that took me in, And gave to me the joy of full salvation.

5/. His word i now proclaim, How through faith in Jesu’s name

You too may know this pardon full and free;

And then with me you’ll shout, Your sins are blotted out, Oh, come and find your all in all in Jesus

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRISTMAS

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree – Roy L. Smith

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A CALL FOR DECISION – 1 Kings 18: 20-40

The moment had arrived when a challenge had to be put forward and when a decision had to be made as to who was God. Elijah takes the initiative because he intimately knew the mind of God on how to proceed. It was imperative that they come to a firm conviction on this issue and that all doubt is removed. The seeming solitary prophet was against a formidable array of false ones. But he laid the terms down as to how this important factor should be resolved. It was by means of sacrifice and as to who truly owned it in a miraculous manner.

He allows the false prophets to call on Baal as they made their sacrifice. They cried out in vain and there was none to answer. Elijah knew what he had to do and first built the broken down altar to the Lord. Having laid the sacrifice on the altar he drenched it with water making it impossible for it to ignite. His God was big enough to respond to his prayer and consume all the sacrifice, wood and water. His presence and power gave undeniable witness as to who was God and the people acknowledge it – “Jehovah is God” – v3

How needful it is that nothing is allowed as a stand-in for what should be truly present! When idolatry and immorality take over instead of God and His standards there comes the devastating erosion of life, faith and relationship with God. Other things are taken on board but can never make up for God and His blessing. Make certain that what you are doing at the present time accords with what the Lord requires. Herein is your blessedness and future. Remember nothing and no one can be a replacement for Him.

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welcome to this christian website

Dec 9th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Little and small things all make a very important contribution to the fulfilment of life. Nothing and no one should be overlooked as non-important but considered to be an integral part of the whole development of one’s character and charisma. As keen attention is paid to everyone and everything, there is sure to be true advancement and satisfaction that compensates for the involvement and commitment. Sometimes it is in the performance of the little factors that pave way for the bigger and greater and vice versa. Having being involved in the seemingly great it is nice to leave such and attend to something apparently insignificant. It is a sign that life in it all its fullness is being dealt with in a proficient manner. Don’t miss out on anyone or anything today.

SACRED SONGS

Thine be the Glory, Risen , Conquering Son

This is a sacred song sung believingly and joyfully in Easter celebration of our Lord’s victory over death and the grave. What an absolute thrill to join with the saints of every age in delighting the fantastic work of Christ in His conquest of these evil factors. For the Christian, death has  no longer to be feared because Christ’s resurrection is an assurance of the greater resurrection of all saints to come.

The tune of Thine Be the Glory was written by Handel in 1747, intended for use in Handel’s Joshua oratorio; however, when it was played, it was popular enough that Handel added it to Judas Maccabaeus. In 1796, Ludwig Van Beethoven composed twelve variations on it for both piano and cello.

In 1884, Edmond L. Budry used Handel’s tune and wrote words for them, which he titled “A Toi la Gloire.” It is reported that he was inspired to write it after the death of his first wife, Marie de Vayenborg in Lausanne, Switzerland.  It was later published in French hymn book, Chants Evangéliques. The hymn was first translated from French into English by Richard B. Hoyle in 1923. He was commissioned to translate the hymn by the World Student Christian Federation after Budry granted authorisation to reproduce it from the French version. It was later published in the World Student Christian Federation’s hymn book, Cantate Domino Hymnal. World Student Christian Federation retains copyright on Hoyle’s English translation. The hymn is based on the Resurrection of Jesus  and uses elements of Isaiah 25:8. With German lyrics it is sung as an Advent hymn called Zion’s Daughter.

1/.  Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son; Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won!
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Refrain:

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won!

2/.  Lo, Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb! Lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom;
Let his church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing, for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting! Refrain

3/.  No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life; life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love; bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above –  Refrain 

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year – Joel Osteen

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONFRONTATIONS – 1 Kings 18:1-9

There are times when people have to move out of their concealed positions and make a further stand especially against evil. Elijah had already done this previously but now he is called upon to meet the monarch Ahab who is not in a good spirit and state of mind. It was not an easy assignment but Elijah was up to it in God. When he met the king’s godly servant, Obadiah, he could have quickly gone back having heard about the attitude and action of the ruler. But Elijah was not for turning or running on this occasion.

The charge is made by his opposer that the prophet had brought ruination on the economic front to Israel. This is refuted and the man of God affirms that it is the king that has wrought the devastation because of the rejection of the Lord and a true reverence of Him. The natural calamity was due to a spiritual reason. The blame lay at the door of the ungodly monarch. Without fear and in a courageous manner the messenger of God puts the issue fairly and squarely. The evil that had been enacted was the cause of this awful situation.

It is so easy to hide in a tough situation and be unprepared to make a stand for truth and righteousness. There are times when there has to be honest and forthright confrontation. May be you are in circumstances where sin is being perpetrated and you are expected to remain indifferent or by-pass what is going on. The reason why you are there is that you might be bold and dare to challenge the wicked things that are taking place in the name of the Lord. Accept the challenge and see God working through your boldness of witness.

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welcome to this christian website

Dec 8th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

God has given a choice instrument to be used to utmost profit – the mind. It can be employed in many ways that bring blessing and advantage. One of its uses is memory. It is a veritable computer storing up things that have occurred in a person’s lifetime and can serve especially in relationship with the LORD. You can take a step back and look on the amazing mercy and kindness that has been manifest towards you and be filled with overwhelming gratitude. Maybe today, it would be a good and wise decision to take some time reflecting and recording out of the archives of your life’s history the times He has stepped in an answered your prayers and worked the unique in terms of provision, guidance, protection etc. By so doing, there will come an emboldening of faith and the will to believe and expect in the immediate. The remembering will be but the platform for even the birthing of newer and greater revelations of His love, wisdom and power in your affairs, now.

SACRED SONGS

Abide with me

This is a hymn that is known by a great amount of people in the UK. It is is one that is annually sung at Wembley at the Cup Final. It is part of the important proceedings. It expresses the truth that above all there is the need God alone is the One that must be around at all times to secure our well being. Being godless is detrimental. Having Him close at hand at all times is glorious security and prospect. Sing it in faith today and enjoy the sense of His nearness and ministry. A hymn which, as Erik Routley put it, “looks death itself in the face” and embodies the human craving for companionship in extremis.

The text is the work of Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), a neurotic curate who spent most of his career in the fishing village of Lower Brixham in Devon. He had been haunted by the phrase, repeatedly muttered by his close friend, William Le Hunte, as he lay dying.

It was misremembered from Luke 24:29, where the disciples meet but do not recognise the resurrected Jesus. “Abide with us,” they ask him, “for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”

As has often been remarked, the change to the singular pronoun is what gives the hymn its comforting emotional intimacy. Lyte wrote Abide with me to his own tune, but today it is sung to Eventide, composed in 10 minutes by the organist William Monk, during what his widow recalled as “a time of great sorrow. Hand in hand we were silently watching the glory of the setting sun (our daily habit) until the golden hue had faded… Then he took paper and pencilled the tune which has gone all over the world.”

Abide with me was hugely popular in the trenches of the First World War, and was sung by Nurse Edith Cavell the night before the Germans shot her for helping British soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium.

A great favourite of the Royal Family, it was played at the weddings of the future George VI to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and their daughter Elizabeth to Prince Philip. It is a fixture of the FA Cup final, Anzac Day and the British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. On Sept 21, 2001 it was unforgettably played at Ground Zero by a Salvation Army band during the commemoration of the September 11 attacks. It also features on the soundtracks of several movies – The Full Monty, 28 Days Later, A Bridge Too Far – and is always associated with mourning and tragedy.

1/. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide: The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts  flee,  Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

2/. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see: O thou who changest not, abide with me.

3/. I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour; What but thy grace can foil the  tempter’s power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord  abide with me.

4/. I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

5/. Hold thou thy Cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee: In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me.

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Thomas S. Monson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD – 1 Kings 17: 8-24

Further developments had to take place in the growth of faith in this choice man of God. He needed to make progress in order to fulfil his calling. The brook dried up and ravens stopped their daily visits. Elijah was re-directed and told to go and stay with a widow woman who was in great straits. The Lord was to teach him and the widow vital lessons. The prophet was going to turn out to be a real answer to this woman in a dynamic fashion. She was going to respond to his word of faith and he was going to be cared for by her over quite a period of time. There was to be a significant outworking of the providence of God for all.

The widow was to find out that this unique individual that moved into her situation in a crisis moment was truly God’s servant and thus confirm his standing before God.  There was the daily, miraculous provision in the unfailing cruse of oil and handful of flour. It was affirmed there would be a bountiful and unending supply. The death and resurrection of her son through the prophet just added to the witness of his relationship with God. There was also the confirmation that whatever evil may have been linked with her past, all was forgiven and forgotten.

There are times when you really need to know who you are and that the Lord is truly with you to fulfil your destiny. He has His own way of giving His assurance. As you act in love, faith and obedience to Him, there will be His approval and answers in many ways. He will use other people and circumstances to test but these will be the factors that will assure you of your calling and His acceptance. What He has in mind is your perfect development so that you may advance to achieve His real purpose for your life.

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Dec 7th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE  

DAILY MESSAGE

Don’t flinch from the challenge that is set before you today; be steadfast in mind, heart and in will in and through your Lord. Life is purposed to be a series of God-appointed tests which teach reliance upon Him for understanding, faith and strength which will enable you to become a quality character on and through whom extraordinary abilities will be manifest both in time and eternity. Such is a difficult and hard process but in observing the life of saints of old and Christ’s attainments, they serve to inspire to true success. God is not wasting time or life on you but has big vision for your development and usefulness. So accept life with all of its demands. Determine to be resolute and you will know the strength of the Lord inspiring, sensing that you are well able to deal with that which will test your spiritual moral and natural strength. There is no likelihood that you will fail, falter or fall because you will be divinely sustained and be a winner.

SACRED SONGS

Crown Him with Many Crowns

This was a great hymn for Sunday morning and in our great Convention Gatherings. How Christian believers felt good about Him and rose to really exalt the King. There was an immense sense of His Majesty being present!

In the 1800s there was great tension between the Catholic and Anglican churches (see: History of Hymns). Crown Him with Many Crowns is a wonderful example of how God takes the troubles of man and turns them around for good (Romans 8:28).

The song was originally penned in 1851 by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894), who once wrote a book condemning Roman Catholic theology, and then later converted to Catholicism. Bridges wrote six stanzas, based upon Revelations 19:12, “…and on His head were many crowns.”

Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) was a devout Anglican clergyman who was concerned that this popular hymn was allowing Catholic theology to be sung by protestant congregations. And so he wrote six new verses.

The 12 stanzas have been mixed and matched down through the years. Interestingly, of the following six verses most commonly appearing in hymnals today, three were written by Bridges (vs 1,2,and 4) and three by Thring (vs 3,5 and 6).

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven: One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit Through Him given From yonder glorious throne.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail Throughout eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.

Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Henry David Thoreau 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

NATURAL AND MIRACULOUS PROVISION – 1 Kings 17: 2-5

The consequences of the divine judgment would fall on all the land and people; therefore it was essential that the Lord attend to the safety and well being of His servant Elijah. Having performed a courageous mission, it was now the responsibility of the Lord to ensure the protection of the prophet. He would have to be truly provided for so that he would come to no harm. From the narrative it is obvious that this had not been overlooked.

A place had been appointed where he could hide and where he would not lack. The Lord said: “Go to the east and hide by Cherith brook at a place where it enters the Jordan river” – v3. It was there that he knew both a natural and supernatural provision. There was fresh water to drink from the brook and birds were sent daily with food for him to eat. The Lord was not without His means or messengers to make sure that His man was daily sustained. It was here that Elijah discovered the faithfulness and ability of God to meet his current demand.

As you fulfil God’s will in your life and work there is no need to worry or be over-concerned about your preservation or how He will meet your physical needs. The important thing is to be in the place where He has appointed you. It is in that location where you will discover the abundant supply of God. The promise is sure from Philippians 4: 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The opportunity will be given to prove that He can perform with an open hand both naturally and supernaturally on your behalf.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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NO ESCAPE    

JONAH 1

This is a very intriguing and instructive story recorded in God’s Word. It reveals the Lord’s dealings with a man in order to deal with a pagan and wicked city. In both cases it is to be observed that the Lord was most gracious. For Jonah there was to be no escape from fulfilling the divine call and his important destiny. Jonah was the man and messenger who was on the run and became a fugitive. Up to this point in time he must have been a prophet to his own people but then the Lord redirects his call and ministry. And he doesn’t like or favour it and so seeks an escape route. Although he tried to escape on a number of fronts yet there was to be no escape.

1/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM PAYING HIS OWN FARE – 1:3

This was not God’s way, will and choice, so he had to foot the bill. His expenses were not covered by this kind of action. He thought it was cheaper doing what he wanted rather than doing God’s plan. But it became in the first instance a financing of his own mission.

2/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE STORM – 1: 4

No sooner is he en-route and out to sea and feeling some-what comfortable, the sea lets loose its ferocity. He finds that wind and wave combine together in violent protest to the prophet’s decision and action. He is not going to get away so easily from his moral and spiritual responsibility. They rise in testimony against what he is doing and so all is threatened by his rebellion.

3/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE MARINERS AND THE CASTING OF THE LOTS – 1: 6-10

He now discovers that the captain and sailors are now in no mood to tolerate what is occurring. They sense that this unusual storm has some significant reason for its occurrence. For this to happen, somebody is responsible. To stir up the wrath of the gods means something exists amongst them that needs sorting out. The seeming quiet trip is turning out to be horrendous, a horrible nightmare! The truth is made known and there is no escape for Jonah amidst the seeming godless.

4/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM BEING THROWN OVERBOARD – 1: 15,16

He now has to be cast to the mercy of the sea away from the security of the boat. He is now himself in real jeopardy. And when all is suddenly quieted he must have been aware of the gravity of his sin. But he is alone in the great waters.

5/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM BEING SWALLOWED BY THE FISH – 1: 17

He must have been somewhat shocked and surprised to find this big fish awaiting to take him on board. There is no way of escaping the Lord. He’s in charge!

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Dec 6th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Life, if it is to beneficial and pleasurable, must possess the right temperament and disposition. The Christian virtues can only be created and cultivated by Christ through His indwelling and inspiration. He is inwardly present to inspire, form and temper the inward state so that what is expressed comes from Him. He comes to make you anew so that you are a revelation of Him. “If any man be in Christ He is a brand new creation (creature), old things are passed away and all things have become new”. You are to live and walk in newness of life today! There can be nothing better or greater than being indwelt by Him and allowing Him to have total control every day. It is both a privilege and pleasure to have Him playing the key role and to enjoy the end result.

 

SACRED SONGS

I’d Rather have Jesus

This has ever been one of my favourites since I came to Christ. Its link to Bev Shea will always be fixed as being Bev Shea’s song. I still regularly play it and still love to hear his voice and faith from the past. There is certainly no comparison to having Jesus or anything of equal or outstanding value. He is riches beyond compare after al these years!

In 1922,a woman named Rhea F. Miller wrote a poem. In 1932, a copy of that poem was placed on the top of an organ in a family home in New York. Seated at the organ was a 23-year-old musician named George Beverly Shea.

Miller’s poem caught young George’s attention. The words on the paper rang true to the cry of his heart. And so, he set them to music. Upon hearing her son singing this testimony of commitment, George’s mother came in from the kitchen, with tears in her eyes, and encouraged him to sing the new song in church the following Sunday    I’d Rather have Jesus than silver and gold, little did they know that the song was destined to become one of the most well-known of all contemporary Christian songs.
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A few years later, George joined forces with another young man – Evangelist Billy Graham. Together they travelled the world. Billy would preach and George would sing. His two favourite songs were How Great Thou Art, and his signature song, I’d Rather Have Jesus.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold, I’d rather have His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands, I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Refrain:
Than to be the king of a vast domain  And be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause, I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame, I’d rather be true to His holy name – efrain

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom, He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs, I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails – William Arthur Ward

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A MESSAGE IN BRIEF – 1 Kings 17: 1

This is but the opening sentence to a great life and ministry. Suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, this man of God, Elijah, appears before this wicked king with a message of divine judgment. When it was least expected, God showed up with a pronouncement of action that would reduce the nation to great straits. Elijah was sent by God to make the king and nation really know that what they were doing was a violation of His righteous laws and that there was a price to be paid for their rebellion. This man whose name means – “Jehovah is my God” revealed whom he worshipped and served.

The message was short and to the point: “there won’t be any dew or rain for several years until I say the word.” It was a real threat and meant that the whole nation would know the awful effect of there being no water. This was a basic necessity for them and the land. Everything would be reduced to a terrible state of desolation. God had said He would do this if the people failed to honour Him, so He was keeping up with what He had forecasted – Deuteronomy 11: 16, 17. It was a shock treatment applied by God in order to bring the ruler and people to true sense and conviction. It was a brief word but true and came into immediate effect.

Sometimes God has to take desperate measures out today with people, even those that profess a faith in Him, because their way of life discredits Him. It is important to know for certain when this is happening. God disciplines His children and does things to shake them out of apathy, compromise and association with evil. When things go wrong it is right that one inquires of Him the cause. It could be that there needs to be spiritual repentance and amendment so that you do not fall foul of evil.

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Dec 5th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

To be successful in Christian life and living, besides have a mind that is capable of receiving and being taught of the Lord and a heart that loves His directions, there must be the possession of an energized will by the Holy Spirit in order to carry through to perfect fulfilment all that is revealed. The clear teaching of Christ is, it is those that do what is made known that matters, hence the demand that the will be healthy, holy and immediately responsive so all is carried through to complete heaven’s design and desire. So pay attention not only to hear well and to truly desire what is required, but let your will be strong and decisive to obey so that there is no breakdown. Christ sets the example because He allowed nothing and no one to sidetrack Him and hinder His to total obedience. It is the believer that does what God the Father requires that receive His approval and blessing.

SACRED SONGS

O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice

Though lesser known than Charles Wesley, Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) has been ranked as one of the finer poets of the 18th century. Among his friends was the famous hymn-writer Isaac Watts (1674-1748).

Doddridge, the youngest of 20 children, was born in London, England. He was cared for by friends when, as a young boy, his parents died. Though orphaned, his talents did not go unnoticed, and the Duchess of Bedford offered to send him to Cambridge if he would become an Anglican priest upon graduation.

Doddridge declined this gracious offer as he felt that he was called to minister in the non-conformist church. After attending Kibworth Academy in Leicestershire, he began preaching at age 21.

At age 27, Doddridge became the pastor of Castle Hill Congregational Chapel in Northampton and the principal of the Northampton Academy. Teaching most subjects at the school including Greek, Hebrew, mathematics, philosophy, the Bible and theology, he was known as a brilliant scholar and recognized as a Doctor of Divinity from Aberdeen University in 1736.

Doddridge was also known as an author with his most famous theological works being a monograph, “The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul” and a New Testament commentary entitled Family Exposition.

“O happy day,” expressing the profound joy of one whose faith resides in Jesus Christ, is the poet’s best known hymn today. It was originally entitled “Rejoicing in Our Covenant Engagement to God” based upon 2 Chronicles 15:15: “And all Judah rejoiced over the oath; for they had sworn with all their heart, and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest around about” (RSV).

The author celebrates the “great transaction” of God’s love between humanity and the Divine (stanza 3). The poet’s “long-divided heart” finds “a nobler part . . . [where] heavenly pleasures fill my breast” (stanza 4). In the final stanza we find that the vows made in earlier stanzas take us to “high heaven” where the “bond” between the Christian and Christ is finally and fully consummated, a customary ending for so many hymns of this era.

Doddridge developed tuberculosis at age 48. Funds were collected by friends to send him to Lisbon, Portugal, with the hope of prolonging his life, but he died in Lisbon in 1851 and is buried in the English cemetery there.

1/. O happy day, that fixed my choice On Thee, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice, And tell its raptures all abroad.

Refrain

Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray, and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.

2/. O happy bond, that seals my vows To Him Who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house, While to that sacred shrine I move – refrain

3/. ’Tis done: the great transaction’s done! I am the Lord’s and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on; Charmed to confess the voice divine – refrain

4/. Now rest, my long divided heart, Fixed on this blissful centre, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part; Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast – refrain

5/. High heaven, that heard the solemn vow, That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in life’s latest hour I bow And bless in death a bond so dear.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing – Socrates

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A LESSON NEVER LEARNED – 1 Kings 16

In reviewing the spiritual situation that existed in the northern kingdom known as Israel, it becomes obvious that the succession of rulers never learned the lesson that should have been understood and applied. Each monarch that replaces the next one seems to be worse and the nation is plunged into ruin. They violate the laws of God and refuse to give Him a proper place of respect and worship. The sin, intrigue and violence meant that no one could be trusted. Not one of the leaders was prepared to make a break with evil.

The worst one of all the rulers was Ahab. The Living Bible states: “But he was more wicked than his father Omri; he was worse than any other king of Israel” – v30.  He went further by marrying a very wicked woman by the name of Jezebel. Her name has become synonymous with evil. All failed to understand that this way was proving to be the undoing of the people and the nation. Selfishness appears to be the thing that drove them to this kind of conduct. There was a need for this to be dramatically altered to save the crisis that they were all in.

All ought to evaluate the things that have occurred throughout history especially in relation to sin. If there is one thing that stands out for each person to be convinced of it is this: sin eventually results in ruination. This is so at a personal and national level. Make sure that Christ effectively deals with the principle of evil in your life lest it brings about your devastation and demise.

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Dec 4th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Disappointments are often God’s appointments, which, if accepted in good grace test your spiritual reaction as to whether your faith and trust is in Him or in your circumstances. All men of divine worth and character and who have attained something significant and worthwhile, have had to go through this procedure and process. It is a sure sign of God’s interest and commitment to you and embraces a worthy future. When things do not turn out as you think there is the tendency to lose heart and confidence and one can land in no man’s land and be dejected. But being placed in the Lord’s perspective and workings leads to promotion and praise. Even in trials you be at peace and live in assurance of a noteworthy and praiseworthy end.

SACRED SONGS

Hallelujah for the Cross

How we revelled in singing this hymn over Easter time! I don’t think I can ever forget singing this sacred song with gusto along with other believers. The atmosphere was charged and faith predominant as we vocalized out assurance and delight over the enormous personal triumph of Christ over the Cross. Yes! It was the greatest day and event of history! Things dramatically altered because of it for eternity!

Dr. Horatius Bonar was an evangelical pastor in Scotland, and a great hymn writer. (I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say is another of his hundreds of songs.) In the present one he exalts the cross of Christ. “It is the old cross still, ”where by the grace of God “Christ, the blessed Son” atoned for our sins (CH-2).

“Alleluia” is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Hallelujah. The latter is a compound expression, made up of the Hebrew words halal (meaning to glory in, or boast of), and Yah (a shortened form of Yahweh, or Jehovah). Thus “Hallelujah!” repeated thirty times in this hymn (counting the refrains) means “Praise the Lord!”

During the nineteenth century, the winds of scepticism and unbelief were blowing. The Bible was being attacked by liberal scholars, and schools of theology were turning out pastors who no longer stood for the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16), or the fundamentals of the apostolic faith (cf. Jude 1:3).

“Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18). For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18).

The church of Jesus Christ needed those who would proclaim the Word with clarity and power, and God raised up men who did just that. There might be spiritual drift and apostasy on the part of some, but God’s truth had not changed. The gospel of grace, and the saving power of the cross were needed as much as ever.

1/. The cross, it standeth fast— Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Defying every blast—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
The winds of hell have blown, The world its hate hath shown,
Yet it is not overthrown—Hallelujah for the cross!

Refrain

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah for the cross;
Hallelujah, hallelujah, It shall never suffer loss!

2/. It is the old cross still—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Its triumph let us tell—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
The grace of God here shone Thru Christ, the blessèd Son,
Who did for sin atone—Hallelujah for the cross! – refrain

3/.’Twas here the debt was paid—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Our sins on Jesus laid—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
So round the cross we sing Of Christ, our offering,
Of Christ, our living king—Hallelujah for the cross! – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment – Jim Rohn

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A NOBLE MOTIVATION – 1 Kings 15

There is seen a contrast in the one that follows Rehoboam and Abijam. Asa, the son of Abijam, was of a different persuasion and character. Instead of following his immediate father and grandfather’s footsteps, he decides to go back further still and adopt the faith and conduct of his ancestor David. It was a wise desire and move. He made it is his first and major concern to please the Lord. It was a bold and courageous action because it meant that some important measures had to be adopted throughout the land for the benefit of the people.

He gave himself to the removal of all the evil practices that had displeased the Lord. He even expelled his grandmother who had been one of the responsible people for the degenerate state – vv12, 13. Within him was this noble motivation to please the Lord and to put the nation back on line with the Lord. He could see where things had gone wrong, which had brought a load of problems and difficulties. He had the sense to see where it stemmed from. The only remedial course was to get rid of all the pollution and purify the land and put God in His rightful place.

There are times when drastic measures have to be adopted if there is going to be any acceptance by God and the restoration of His favour. It is no good thinking that the life style that has been created by others is to be accepted as the norm if such displeases God. There has to be a daring to make a difference and the readiness to dispose of that which is offensive to God. No excuse can be accepted. Perhaps you need to arise and be bold to take action against evil that has established itself in your life. If you are to please God then all sin has to go, root and branch, so that nothing is tolerated that offends Him.

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Dec 3rd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Let the quality of divine kindness find expression in and through you today. Note, it is one of the principal virtues that the LORD is seeking to create and cultivate in you to make you into the person that characterises Himself. This means being more than gracious and generous to those that are kindly disposed and honour you in beautiful ways. The divine directive is “do good to those that despitefully use you”. Make them astonished at this Christian attitude and action and see the inroads and impact made. Ever remember the basic Christian truth and fact: “whilst we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5: 8. The greatest act of kindness the LORD has revealed to you was acting lovingly on your behalf when you didn’t deserve it! Let it become your inward motivating force, too, for good and blessing.

SACRED SONGS

I  Would  Love to Tell You what I think of Jesus

So often tragedy and despair have led to the writing of some of the most inspiring hymns.  This week’s choice is such an example.  Charles Weigle was an Itinerant evangelist and song writer.  One day after preaching at a gospel crusade, he came home to find a note from his wife of many years.  The note said that she did not care for the life she led being an evangelist’s wife and she was leaving him.  The next few years were a time of despair for Weigle. He later said that he became so despondent that there were even times when he contemplated suicide. He even wondered if anyone really cared for him.  After a time, his faith was again restored and he became active for the Lord again.  During this time he wanted to put to paper a song that would share the feelings he had experienced during his despondent days.  From a heart that was broken came the words and the tune for this week’s hymn.  This great testimony hymn has always been one of my favourites since it shares so well the feelings of my heart.  There are days when we all feel that nobody really cares about us.  Just recently, while facing a major trial, I confidentially shared my challenge with a person who I thought would care.  I admit that at first I was hurt when this person never said he’d pray for me and never even came back to see how I was doing.  I really don’t think he cares.  But then I remembered that this is just human nature and there is one who really knows and cares for me.  There are no other friends like Jesus.  I hope that you have found this true in your life.

1/. I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus Since I found in Him a Friends so kind and true

I would tell you how He changed my life completely;  He did something no other friend could do.

Refrain
No one ever cared for me like Jesus;  There’s no other friend so kind as He.
No one else could take the sin And darkness from me;  O how much He cares for me.

All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me;  All my heart was full of misery and woe,
Jesus placed His strong arms about me And He led me in the way I ought to go – refrain

Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance;  More and more I understand His word of love.
But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,  Till someday I see His blessed face above – refrain.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it –  Michael Jordan

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A POOR SUBSTITUTE – 1 Kings 14: 21-30

The rule of Rehoboam over the southern kingdom was very corrupt and sinful. There came the introduction of false worship and deterioration all round both morally and spiritually. There was the awful parade of evil and the sin of homosexuality became most pronounced – v24. They degenerated so much that the record has it: they “became as depraved as the heathen nations which the Lord drove out to make room for His people” –v24. No wonder the Lord was angry!

The judgment of the Lord was inevitable and so the king of Egypt invaded, conquering Jerusalem, taking the spoils of victory. In this booty he took the treasures of the Temple and palace, amongst them the gold shields. Rehoboam replaced them with brass ones. But they were a poor substitute. It was indicative of the poor spiritual state of himself and the people. Brass is a very poor alternative to gold. It may be an alternative but it’s true value can be measured by what was gone. The replacement really exposed what was missing.

How needful it is that nothing is allowed as a stand-in for what should be truly present! When idolatry and immorality displace it and take over instead of God and His standards there comes the erosion of life, faith and relationship with God. Other things are taken on board but can never make up for God and His blessing. Make certain that what you are doing at the present time accords with what the Lord requires. Herein is your blessedness and future. Remember, nothing and no one can be a replacement for Him.

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Dec 2nd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

GRACEFUL OR GRACELESS! Which? Because of the message of God’s grace has met you in Jesus Christ, His grace must become the inward dynamic and drive of your life henceforth. Such grace was ministered and released in you when God forgave you all your sin, releasing from the prospect of eternal judgment and introducing you as a new member into God’s family whereby you became His son. Because a principal feature of the nature of God is grace, this is what He is desirous of becoming revealed as a main line quality in those who now live in union with Him. As He has been showing you His boundless love and favour, and still does, so this must now become a paramount virtue in you. Jesus Christ was full of grace and truth and so must this become true of you, too. You are not to be hard, bitter, cruel and resentful but kind and attractive with this factor presiding. So release His grace now and let others see God in and through you today.

SACRED SONGS

We’re Marching to Zion

This sacred song was generally sung at convention and conference meetings when people met together from various churches, delighted at being together as one. It expresses the glorious prospect of the whole Christian Church when it will literally gather together as one with Christ when He comes again.

words: Isaac Watts

chorus: Robert Lowry

music: Robert Lowry

“Should we sing psalms or hymns in our church services? This was the controversy stirring many congregations during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Isaac Watts was the life-long champion of the ‘humanly composed’ hymn while the majority of the English-speaking churhes insisted on the traditional psalm settings. Tempers frequently flared, and some churches actually split in the heat of this decidedly unharmonious musical conflict. In some churches a compromise was reached. The psalm setting would be sung in the early part of the service with a hymn used at the close; during which time the parishioners could leave or simply refuse to sing.

 

Isaac Watts’ ‘Come, We That Love the LORD’ was no doubt written in part to refute his critics, who termed his hymns “Watts’ Whims”, as well as to provide some subtle barbs for those who refused to sing his hymns: ‘Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly Kings may speak their joys abroad.’ The hymn first appeared in Watt’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs of 1707 and was titled ‘Heavenly Joy on Earth’.

May we remember the importance of ‘psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD’ (Ephesians 5:19) implies harmony–spiritual harmony as well as spiritual words and music.”

1/. Come we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne.

Refrain:
We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion, The beautiful city of God.,

2/. Let those refuse to sing  Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King  Must speak their joys abroad – refrain

3/. The men of grace have found  Glory begun below;
Celestial fruits on earthly ground From faith and hope may grow – refrain

4/. The hill of Zion yields A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heavenly fields, Or walk the golden streets – refrain

5/.Then let our songs abound, And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground To fairer worlds on – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN ULTIMATE PRICE – 1 Kings 14: 1-20

The wicked king, Jeroboam, had seemingly got away with his sinful course over a long period of time. He had played fast and loose with God and His goodness over a long stretch of years. Though God had given him the opportunity of carving out a meaningful future, he had blown it. There had been the total disregard of His word and the prophetic messenger and message he had brought with such outstanding signs. May be he had come to the conclusion, at this late point in his life, that God was not too bothered and was overlooking what had happened.

He sends, when his son was very ill, seeking help from the former prophet that had spoken into his life. The answer he received was more than what he bargained for. Instead of knowing a favourable reply he was clearly told what was going to occur to him and his household and to the northern kingdom. The ultimate price for all their sinful conduct was removal. His household would suffer divine judgment and Israel would be exiled in another land. This was the ultimate price to be paid for all the wickedness that had been done. Sin is never overlooked!

The folly of others has always been intended to be a warning light to all generations. People cannot sin and continue in their evil ways and expect to get away with it at the end. Learn from the history and end of others so that you build the proper spiritual safeguards within your life and behaviour. Never reject God or His counsel in your affairs but make sure that you diligently give yourself to pleasing Him in every way. It is the wisest and most rewarding way to live.  The ultimate should always have a great bearing on the immediate regarding conduct.

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Dec 1st – 2016

ernest kitchen E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

If you desire a mind and heart to be in a state of calm and real spiritual composure then concentrate and meditate on the LORD. This is guaranteed in a sacred and sure promise to you – “He will keep Him perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteh in You” – Isaiah 26: 3. If you want to be saved from falling to pieces then obtain the PEACE OF God. It’s available for you today for every circumstance and will save you from ending up in little bits. Your LORD is a LORD of constant wholeness and fullness, and those who personally and properly relate to Him experience that wholeness. Consider Him as the ever-Existing One who has all wisdom, love and might and is present with you today to share himself with you and all that He is and has. Be at rest in mind and heart! It is in this beautiful condition that you will be in control of all that comes before you today to be rightly dealt with.

SACRED SONGS

 Thou Great Redeemer, Dying Lamb

This was lovely, choice hymn that featured a great deal in our Sunday morning services where the saints could and did express their person worship of the LORD. Freely and fully there was a heart and vocal expression of a very valued appreciation of the great Redeemer. One can recall how oft believers voiced in word as the song was repeatedly sang and a sense of His Presence was dynamically felt. After all, there is no one like Jesus!

Thou dear Redeemer, dying Lamb, I love to hear of Thee;
No music like Thy charming Name, Is half so sweet to me Is half so sweet to me.

O let me ever hear Thy voice In mercy to me speak!
And in my Priest, will I rejoice, My great Melchizedek, My great Melchizedek.

My Jesus shall be still my theme, While in this world I stay;
I’ll sing my Jesus’ lovely Name When all things else decay, When all things else decay.

When I appear in yonder cloud, With all Thy favoured throng,
Then I will sing more sweet, more loud, And Christ shall be my song, And Christ shall be my song.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

 UNDER ORDERS – Matthew 28:16-20

In the final episode before Christ’s ascension He is seen giving His last minute instructions. These must have been of major importance. He expected them to be duly taken note of and carried out. After making known to His disciples His supreme place of authority and power, as the Head of the Church He then delegates a task to them. The main job in hand was to take His Gospel to all men in all nations. Having given the Christian message, it was then to make Christian disciples of them and to make sure they understood His teaching and commands. He would be with them to bring this to pass to the end.

Those first apostles and disciples understood this divine command. What followed after receiving the blessing of the Holy Spirit reveals that they succeeded in this mission. They were instant in making Christ known and in showing that He was and is the Saviour of the world and its true Lord and King. The birth and growth of Christianity makes the point that they were obedient to Him. The orders were wholly obeyed. They stuck to their task relentlessly as the book of Acts makes clear. The spread of the Good News of Christ saw people become Christ’s disciples.

Do not forget that the Christian Church is still under this commission. The task is unfinished. The call of Christ is to you to be His messenger in these days so that you will tell to others the great news of salvation. You have been saved in order to be a herald for Him. Your responsibility is take hold of the opportunities of sharing your testimony of His grace and power in your life. Today, ask the Lord use you in witnessing and leading other people to Christ. Know the great joy of being a true witness for Him and see His kingdom extended in others being saved.

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