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ernest kitchenMay 5th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb” – Psalm 139:13

The New International Version Bible says Psalm 139:13 this way… For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (NIV) The New Living Translation says… You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. (NLT) No matter what translation you prefer,this is a gentle picture of God’s loving creation process.

You were not blasted into creation, but gently formed in your mother’s womb by a loving God who took the time to delicately knit all your inward parts together. May the revelation of your creation bring a sense of wellbeing to your soul. You were not a mistake. God planned you before the foundation of the world and He determined the exact time of your birth.

One of the greatest tragedies in this world today is the feeling that our lives were a mistake. Some people were even told that by their parents. The truth is that no life was ever a mistake. Each person ever created, was created with intention by the One who is love itself.

God gently formed you in your mother’s womb and He is the One who brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) There is absolutely no doubt about it!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“My son, how I will rejoice  if you become a man of common sense. Yes, my heart will thrill to your thoughtful, wise words”.

Read: Proverbs 23:15-16

As parents constant desire is that our children will grow up to be the kind of people that we can be proud of. How delighted we  are when they come home from school with some award or achievement certificate. What a thrill it is to see them compete on the school carnival day! Whether they win or lose is beside the point to us. We are just happy to see them having a go.

However the problem does arise in some parents, of having expectations of their offspring which are greater than the capacity of the child to achieve. We do have to be careful that we do not set the bar too high and thereby create a sense of hopelessness when such a standard is not achieved. Happy are the children whose parents know how to strike the balance and not fall into the trap of trying to live out their own sense of failure by expecting unreasonable attainments from their kids.

If you want to get some joy and pleasure out of your offspring be sure they have a model it you that is happy to accept them for who they are, irrespective of their capacity to attain.

Whatever happens, don’t expect your kids to rise any higher than the bar you set for yourself. Better still, encourage them to set their own bar!

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Charles Dickens

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Charles Dickens

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE INITIATIVE – Judges 13: 1-23

It is apparent in the birth of Samson that the Lord is seen taking initiative in providing an answer for His elect household. He had allowed them to be brought under the dominion of the Philistines because of the sinful ways and practices and for forty years it had not been an easy time – v1. They had to pay the price again as the result of their waywardness and wickedness. It seems that they never did learn the lesson of history and were so prone to doing their own thing and forgetting the rights of God.

He could have left them to what they deserved but here He is seeking to raise up an individual who would make his mark upon his day and subsequent history. The birth of Samson was quite a unique event as the narrative reveals. To a barren woman is given the unexpected news that she is to bear a son and that the Nazarite vow would be on him and that he would be the future deliverer of Israel. She is given promise and prophecy of what was to be and is confirmed by the angel in an unusual manner – vv19-23.

We should be looking to the Lord to show forth His grace and power in our times. He expects us to take initiative in given moments but also there are the occasions when he moves in sovereign mercy to take up the cause for His own. It is good to know that God has not forsaken this generation and that He can and will raise up people that will rise with unique anointing to deal with the Christian Church’s enemy. Let our assurance and optimism be placed in Christ to outwork something mighty in these days in the calling and revealing of men with spiritual and supernatural power and gifting.

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 ernest (2)May 4th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

 

A GOLDEN PROMISE

 “Yahweh knows the days of the perfect. Their inheritance shall be forever” – Psalm 37:18

In today’s Scripture verse, King David declares that all of the days of the upright are known to the Lord. In Psalm 139:16, David also says that each one of our days has been recorded in a special book before even one of them came to be.

God knows us through and through and He loves us with all His heart. His eyes are upon those whom He loves and their inheritance is secure forever. For those who have said ‘yes’ to Jesus, we can rest in the unshakeable and everlasting inheritance that we have in Christ. It is a hope that will never fade or lose its value.

You are of great worth to God and He loves to watch over you. May the truth of this promise cause hope to well up in your heart today knowing that you are truly safe and secure in the big strong arms of your Heavenly Dad.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SPANKING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

 “Don’t fail to correct your children; discipline won’t hurt them! They won’t die if you use a stick on them! Punishment will keep them out of hell”.

 Read: Proverbs 23:13-14

In our household spanking was an absolute last resort. After all, there are many other ways to teach our children that their actions have consequences, good or bad! We have all employed the ‘count to three’ strategy to good effect especially in the formative years of our little ones. Then there is the ‘go to your room, I will deal with you later’ approach.

There has been the odd occasion in our family life where our repeated exhortations, threats and promised sanctions, have not achieve the required obedience, and the wooden spoon or flat of the hand has had to be resorted to. I say, ‘odd occasions’ because in our home it was always the exception and not the rule. In fact if your discipline regime requires constant application of physical discipline you probably need to question your own position regarding correctional methods.

For every spanking that may be meted out there has to be a multitude of evidences and affirmations of love and care. If your only purpose in spanking is to relieve your own anger or frustrations then you need some serious counselling to help straighten out your twisted emotions. If however, your true motive is real love then go ahead with the spanking! Believe me your offspring will more than thank you for it.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN UNNECESSARY CONFLICT – Judges 12: 1-7

After such a major triumph it is sad to read of this argument that was brought up by the men of Ephraim – v1. Because they had not been involved in the recent conquest they wanted to commence a battle of words that eventually turned into a bitter contest. The root cause of this appears to lie in jealousy. They had been invited to the fray but were unwilling to join forces with Jephthah and would have rather seen their fellow patriots lose. Jephthah said, “when I called you, you delivered me not out of their hands” – v2. They had every opportunity of joining forces and thus heal any resentment that existed.

The inevitable result was a terrible war took place between them and eventually 42,000 men perished from Ephraim. The ones that had initiated the war of words turned out to be the losers.  If only they had rejoiced in the previous victory of the others in delivering them from a common enemy things would have been different or even if they had not been involved and let matters rest. Wisdom should have taught them to be bound together as brothers in a common cause.

There are surely lessons for us to learn from this incident. First, let us seek to be united with our brothers in a common conflict against the enemy. Do not be responsible for creating strife and conflict so endangering unity and good will. The Lord has called His people to harmony. Secondly, do not in any way become envious and jealous at the success of others but rather congratulate them, by so doing, we will reveal the God-like spirit and attitude. The cultivation of this attitude and action will be rewarded accordingly by God.

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ernest kitchenMay 3rd– 016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me” – Psalm 139:A GOLDEN PROMISE 7-10

Psalm 139 is one of my favourite psalms. In today’s Scripture passage, King David is declaring that there is absolutely no place he could go to escape the presence of God. If he goes to heaven, God is there. If he even descended into the earth, God is there. David goes on to say that wherever he goes, the hand of the Lord will lead him and hold him.

What an amazing promise! Wherever you go, God goes with you. The universe does not contain the Lord. The Lord contains the universe! In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul declares to the Greek philosophers that ‘in him (God), we live and move and have our being.’ The Godhead is closer to us than we could possibly imagine. For those of us who have received Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God dwells within us and has established His kingdom there.
If you feel that you are alone in this world, if you struggle to sense God’s presence, be encouraged in today’s promise. God is with you. He is always with you, for there is no place that you can go to escape His loving presence!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

HEARING AIDS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t refuse to accept criticism; get all the help you can”.

Read: Proverbs 23:12

We are blessed to live in a society where those with impaired hearing can enjoy a full life, able to experience virtually all the sounds of a healthy eardrum. Having a hearing impediment myself, I am more than aware of the frustrations which can occur when the person you are talking to doesn’t get what you are saying, or even worse, just not responding to your conversation. Fortunately, hearing aids help to overcome this embarrassment for both hearer and speaker alike.

It can be very much like this when it comes to taking advice from somebody. If, for whatever reason, there is a continual reluctance to receive the advice being offered, it won’t be long before the advisor will just stop even trying to get you to hear. In the same way, a hearing aid has to be adjusted to obtain the correct frequency and volume, so we need to attune our ears if we are going to benefit from the advice being offered. Here are some things that aid the hearing ear: A willingness to accept any valid criticism. Being eager to apply the advice given. A commitment to adopt a student disposition, along with a positive attitude toward the

It was Jesus who said, “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear”, so get all the help you can! (See Revelation 2:7 & 17)

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

RASHNESS OF SPEECH – Judges 11: 30, 34-40; Ecclesiastes 5: 2, 4-7

Oe of the most important organs of our bodies is our mouth. It is not only used for the intake of food and fluid essential to our physical strength and growth but also possesses the power to utter words that can be used for good or ill. How vital that it is properly and perfectly connected to the mind so that there precedes the wise and rightful use of speech. It can be engaged very dangerously at times and the slip of the tongue mouthing words, especially in the form of vows, can prove to be foolish as seen in the case of Jephthah.

Looking at what he said here, with all good intent, at a time of great challenge, was not sound or sensible as events turned out. Meaningful as may have been his intentions, it would have been better to have kept a bridle on his tongue. The important thing was to have simply been devoted to the Lord and of obtaining victory without this addition. The Lord was not interested in this kind of expression but in his love and devotion. It seems apparent that he did carry this thing through but it was not a wholesome procedure.

It is sound advice that is offered in Ecclesiastes 5: 6 “Suffer not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin.”  Keep a guard on your thoughts and tongue so that they are not allowed to run away with some extreme statement or promise that in the end will produce untold grief. This does not mean we should not make any vows but they should always be perfectly weighed and considered before they are uttered.

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ernest (2)May 2nd – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” – Job 33:4

In today’s Scripture verse, one of Job’s friends is declaring that the Spirit of God is the One who made us and His breath gives us life. When God created Adam in the Garden of Eden, He breathed the breath of life into his nostrils and Adam became a living soul. Jesus breathed on His disciples after the resurrection and they received the Holy Spirit.

Every breath that you and I take is a gift that comes from the Father of Lights. He has made us and He has promised to sustain us. Every good and perfect gift that we have comes from our Heavenly Dad. The One who created us is the One who will continue to provide all that we need, both physically and spiritually.

May each one of us be reminded of our God and Father’s goodness as we draw each breath into our body. He has made us and His breath gives us life!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don? waste your breath on a rebel. He will despise the wisest advice”.

Read: Proverbs 23:9-11

I am always reticent to call anyone a fool or our proverb today labels them ‘rebels’. The words of Jesus always spring to mind in this connection when He said, “Call no man a fool (worthless fellow), lest you endanger yourself with eternal damnation”. (Matt 5:21-22) Along with today’s proverb, which seems absolute and categorical in its declaration about fools, I am also reminded of the verse, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God”. (Psalm 53:1) In either case they are both labelled with unmitigated folly.

Our correctional institutions are full of people who for one reason or another have been unable to, or unwilling to receive advice. How many times do we hear of those convicted in our courts being repeat offenders, not once or twice, but multiple times.

It is for me, a most unpalatable fact to swallow, that there is a folly which has become so entrenched in a person disposition, that you are wasting your breath by trying to bring any form of wisdom or advice. I say unpalatable, because I want to believe the best for everyone and resist any suggestion to write them off. Here lies the key to the words of Jesus. Whilst at this moment wise advice may be rejected, don’t ever write anyone off as a worthless fellow for whilst there is life there is hope.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Winston Churchill

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A LEADERSHIP NEED – Judges 10: 17, 18;

Thankfully the people had repented and truly turned to the Lord having put away the idols and strange gods and placed themselves entirely at the Lord’s mercy. They knew they had no claim upon Him in the light of their behaviour and broken covenant but they trusted Him to help them in the immediate crisis. From v17 it is apparent they were faced with a formidable foe that was desirous of inflicting further pressure and problems on them. It was important that they be rescued in this set of circumstances as they felt themselves ill prepared.

An urgent requirement was the need of a good leader who could bring some inspiration and assistance. In the providence of God there was such a man by the name of Jephthah who is affirmed as being ‘a mighty man of valour’ – Judges 11: 1. His pedigree did not seem to be much but he knew how to act with courage and had proven himself as a warrior to a degree. He responded to the request having secured concessions from them and so he led them into battle by the power of God. God was pleased to recognise him and gave him the needed inspiration for it says, “The Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah” – v29.

We can be assured that the Lord does not want a leaderless Church in these days when there is a battle to be fought. How essential it is that we pray and seek God to appoint and anoint those people who can give the kind of lead that is vital to spiritual victory! The candidates that God has in mind may not fit in with our ideas and opinions. What matters is that the Church is seen to be dealing with the enemy in an overcoming manner. Pray for your leaders today that they will be anointed for the fight.

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ernest kitchenMay 1st– 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

 “In this way God, being determined to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to take hold of the hope set before us” – Hebrews 6:17,18

The writer of Hebrews tells us that we are heirs of the promise of God. He also says that we can trust in God’s unchangeable character because it is impossible for God to lie. Since God is the ultimate promise keeper, we can bank on everything that He has promised to be true. We can trust Him with all our heart and rely on everything that he has said.

The English Standard Version translation says Hebrews 6:17-18 this way… 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (ESV)

Every promise that our God and Father has made is yes and amen in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:20) May we all be filled with faith today to declare that God is faithful to do all that He has promised because He is a good Father who keeps His Word! …and it is impossible for Him to lie.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

TRICK OR TREAT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t associate with evil men; don’t long for their favours or gifts. Their kindness is a trick; they want to use you as their pawn. The delicious food they serve will turn sour in your stomach, and you will vomit it  and have to take back your words of appreciation “.

Read: Proverbs 23: 6-8

I think it was the Americans who first commercialized the Halloween phenomena. They have successfully managed to eliminate the sinister side of this celebration by turning it into a fun event. This is designed to capitalize on the ghoulish dress ups that children love to do. Now renamed “Trick or Treat”, children go knocking on the doors of their neighbourhoods asking for some treats to be given them. Of course most people are happy to go along with this fun event and the light-hearted threat that if there is no ‘treat’ forthcoming then look out for the ‘trick’ or spell that will be cast on you!

So here our proverb in like manner, warns us against the more serious issue of receiving a favour from someone which might obligate you beyond what you intended. You have probably heard the quip, “You owe me one”, when an unsolicited favour has been done for a friend or associate! Usually these comments are more a friendly banter than an actual obligation to return the compliment.

But these days term ‘complimentary’ may not be as ‘complimentary’ as you think. There are unfortunately those in our world, whose only intention is providing us with such ‘freebles’ is to exploit us at a later date.

So be on guard against these individuals and don’t get tricked by their treats!

A QUOTE TO NOTE – E. Anderson

Consecration will only be effective when it has your total concentration and commitment. You will enter into a richer communion with your LORD that will be purposive, progressive and prosperous.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD’S GRIEF – Judges 10

Is it possible that the Lord could be smitten with grief? Quite a question to ask! It states in v16 “and His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.” Looking down on the circumstances that His people were in, He was rightly disturbed and distressed. He knew that they could have been in a lot better condition. Instead of being victimised in the way that they were by foreign nations, things would have been decidedly different if only they had done the right thing and honoured Him.

At this time they were really given over to idolatry –v6. They stooped to every false deity and practised all kinds of offensive actions to the Lord in the worship of them. Such a sin was grievous to God and caused unnecessary pain to Him.  Israel had no call to act in such a manner in the light of God’s goodness and faithfulness. It should have been their purpose to give Him pleasure.

 

We must make sure that we do not entertain any idols in our lives and thus cause grief to our Lord. He wants to see us in a free and favoured state and enjoying His rich blessings and if this is not the case, it affects Him deeply. Let us renounce all evil associations and make evident our total love of and commitment to Him today. The admonition in the New Testament is to “Flee idolatry.”  Nothing and no one should be allowed to occupy the place that belongs to the Lord alone.

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ernest kitchenApril 30th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 135,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“The ransomed of Yahweh shall return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy shall be on their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy. Sorrow and sighing shall flee away” – Isaiah 51:11.

The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10 that the joy of the Lord is our strength. In John 17:13, in His high priestly prayer to His Father, Jesus tells His Dad that He wants us to have the full measure of His joy. In Romans 14:17, Paul the Apostle writes… For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (NIV).

There is no question that the joy of the Lord is our inheritance and today’s promise tells us that God’s everlasting joy will be upon our heads! While we know the culmination of this promise will be in heaven, my prayer today is that we would experience a measure of the joy of the Lord here on earth. In Isaiah 61 we read that weeping lasts for the night, but joy comes in the morning! Hallelujah for that promise!

Psalm 16:11 says… You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (ESV) There is no question in my mind that God is filled with joy and He wants us to be filled with joy too! May we all experience an increased outpouring of the joy of the Lord today, and may His joy drive all sorrow and mourning away!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

WEALTH OR HEALTH – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird”.

Read: Proverbs 23:4,5

Let me be the first to set the record straight as far as I am concerned. There is absolute nothing wrong in wealth creation.

I am sure also, that none of us would argue above spiritual prosperity, because to be rich in faith is to be rich indeed! I don’t think any of us would have a problem with physical prosperity forth blessing of good health is something we need to thank the Lord for every day! Then what about material or financial abundance? The Bible is very clear in Ill John 1v1, “..And I pray above all else that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”. For me this has become an all encompassing promise which I believe God wants everyone to experience.

The key words to me in this proverb are, “Don’t weary yourself”. If the choice has to be made, go for health every time because even if you lose your wealth, if you still have your health, you can always get up and get going again. However to waste your time amassing riches at the expense of your health is a waste

Jesus said “Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven”. To do that will neither wear you out nor be a waste of time! So make a wise investment? (See Matt 6:19-21)

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Ernest Anderson

In making the LORD the chief object of your devotion and life, you will soon know beyond question that you have been and will be eternally be the subject of His love, devotion and action.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A GRIEVOUS STORY – Judges 9

This is one of the accounts in Bible that makes sorry reading and it comes in the period of the Judges. It is evident that Gideon must have acted in a leadership role whilst he was alive and during that time the people enjoyed peace – 8: 28. He also lived to a good age – v32 and had been a sanctifying influence amongst the people –v33. He had seventy sons and a son to a concubine, a maidservant, and his name was Abimelech – v31. What a rotter he turned out to be!

His perversity is seen in what he did as soon as Gideon had gone in having all but one of Gideon’s son murdered. He enlisted the Shechemites to perform this evil deed but he and they were not allowed to get away with it without due warning from the last remaining son – 9: vv19, 20.  And so it came to pass, the curse of Jotham was fulfilled – v56, 57. God rendered upon all concerned the appropriate judgement upon the evil committed.

It has to be recognised that there comes the sentence and action of God upon those who practise violence and wickedness. For a time, it appears that people get away with it, but in the end, God has the last word and act. We must make sure that we do not run in the way of the wicked but keep on the righteous road.

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ernest (2)April 29th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more.  The first things have passed away” – Revelation 21:4

  
Today’s promise tells us of a day that is coming when God Himself will wipe away every tear from our eye. On that great and glorious day, there will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more reason for tears and no more pain.

All of the memories of the suffering of this world will vanish in the light and love of our Father’s embrace. God Himself will wipe away every tear that we have cried and He promises to take away all the pain that we have suffered on this earth.

May this promise bring hope to those who are in the midst of difficult circumstances. May this promise bring comfort to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. One day, we will see Jesus face to face and we will be taken up on the lap our Heavenly Father. 

WISDOM THAT WORKS

HIDDEN AGENDAS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“When dining with a rich be on your guard and don’t stuff yourself, though

all tastes so good; for he is trying to bribe you, and no good is going to come of his invitation”

Read: Proverbs 23: 1—3

Somebody once advised me that there are always two reasons for people’s actions, the one they give you and the real one! At the time I thought this was the observation of a cynic and was not altogether in agreement with it. Even now many years later, I don’t want to apply this advice too quickly, although experience has taught me there is truth in it.

We have to accept the fact that not everyone is open faced in their dealings with us. This is not only true from a normal privacy perspective, it is also true, that there are more sinister reasons why people may not be so forthcoming in what they say to us, or the way they present  themselves to us.

Like our proverb points out, on the surface you might believe you have been invited to dinner, simply out of friendship or good will, when in fact there lies a hidden agenda behind such a show of lavish hospitality. The moral of the story is not to be too quick to accept the overtures of friendship,

Hospitality and generosity from somebody whose motivations could be doubtful. Your eagerness to enjoy what is offered might leave you obligated to the point of no return. Be careful of hidden agendas but don’t become cynical in the process.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Rev. E. Anderson

Do not associate with fools; you may become like them – E. Anderson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A FOOLISH MISTAKE – Judges 8: 24-27

It is always sad to read of a good, courageous man making a blunder after doing such a tremendous job of work for God and His people. Here we note how Gideon made a tragic mistake when he had done so much good. He invited the people to give him the golden earrings from the spoils of their conquest in order to make an ephod which would serve as a reminder of the incredible triumph. There is little doubt that he thought it was a good idea but he failed to understand and appreciate the wayward nature of the people.

 “That no idolatrous use was in view, nor any divisive course from Shiloh contemplated, is manifest from Judges 8:33. Gideon proposed, with the gold he received, to make an ephod for his use only as a civil magistrate or ruler, as David did – 1 Chronicles 15:27. It would seem, from the history, that he was not blameable in making this ephod, as a civil robe or ornament merely, but that it afterward became an object to which religious ideas were attached; whereby it proved a snare, and consequently an evil, by perversion, to Gideon and his house.”                                                   (Jamieson, Fausett and Brown)

The problem was he failed to consult with the Lord or His Word as he would have received a definite directive here. He also failed to take in past experience. Before he took on the enemy the idol and grove of evil had to be removed. The outcome was that Israel allowed this ephod to become an idolatrous snare. The lessons of history proved how unwise it was to act without counsel from the Lord. Little did he know that it would later become a snare to God’s people.

When things have gone exceptionally and exceedingly well for us we have to be very careful what we introduce on to the scene. In the first instance it may appear harmless and innocuous but within it is the capacity to ensnare and enslave in a way that is spiritual unhealthy and unacceptable to God. We cannot be too careful at a time of victory and blessing. The Lord is able to safeguard us as we seek His direction in things of this nature.

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ernest kitchenApril 28th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming” – John 16:12-13

I had an experience a few years ago where I had to speak at two churches in the same Sunday morning. They were a 15 minute drive apart and I only had 15 minutes to get from one church to the other. Both churches were in the country so my car’s GPS didn’t work. I had no idea how to get to the second church from the first church’s location.

Needless to say, I felt a little stressed about how I was going to get there without instructions. One of the leaders of the first church saw my discomfort and volunteered to drive her car in front of mine so that she could lead me to the second church. I was so relieved that I didn’t have to try and negotiate the varying speed limits, tricky turns, etc. all by myself.

It was a beautiful autumn morning and I can remember just enjoying the drive as we drove by corn fields being warmed by the bright sun. In the midst of this experience, I felt the Lord speak to my heart and say… “This is what it feels like to be led”. Immediately I was aware of what the Lord was saying to me.

Because I was simply following the car in front of me, I did not have to take the responsibility of navigating to my destination. All I had to do was simply follow. When we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God, we can relax and simply follow where He leads. Romans 8:14 says… For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God (NIV).

Today’s promise says that we don’t have to chart our own course in life. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us in all truth and all we have to do is simply follow Him. Hallelujah! That is wonderful news!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

BOUNDARIES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Do not move the ancient boundary marks. That is stealing. Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings”.

Read: Proverbs 22:28-29

Although our proverb today is speaking of literal boundaries put in place at the dividing of the Land of Promise to the nation of Israel the injunction stands good for the many of boundaries God has put in place.

Boundaries delineate ownership and therefore the responsibility that comes with that ownership. Marriage for instance is a God ordained bound

intended to clearly display to all around that the intimacies of such a relationship are off limits to everyone outside of that union. To cross the boundary and invade that intimacy makes you thief of something that is not rightfully yours.

You can be sure that any society which tampers with that boundary is heading for trouble. God has put in place so many boundaries to safeguards any individual or community who are willing embrace them.

There are boundaries of authority, boundaries of respect and boundaries of morality. All these are designed to provide the framework for a safe secure and happy environment for life, to be enjoyed by everyone to the full.

Boundaries like fences can keep bad things out and good things in. To allow those fences to be broken down and removed can only result in the chaos and vulnerability that will follow. The boundaries are all there — let’s keep it that way.

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Rev. E. Anderson

Faith is not simply having assurance but being animated, activated by it until it brings the extraordinary things into being and experience in your life – E. Anderson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A NOBLE DETERMINATION – Judges 8: 22, 23; Psalm 2

It would have been very easy to have fallen in with the desire of the men of Israel and accepted the ruler-ship of this nation; after all, he had known a remarkable and outstanding success in triumph over their foes that had been such a problem. The logical thing to do was to put him as the head and let him govern, so it seemed. One could have rightly argued, hadn’t the Lord vindicated him as the leader and so it would appear automatic he should be appointed to this distinct role.

Gideon would have none of it either for himself or offspring. He had the wisdom to perceive that this was not the role that the Lord desired him to fulfil. The trouble they had gotten into before was the sheer neglect of the Lord and it was right and proper to see Him in His true place, heading the nation. There was no way that He would seek great things for himself or family. The reason why they had been able to overthrow their enemies was because of Him. He had initiated it and been with them to achieve the supreme conquest.

We do well to follow suit. Let us make sure that we are not rebels as in Psalm 2 but that we desire the Lord as the King of our lives and affairs. There is no doubt about it, accepting and living under His rule we are assured of the best as we lovingly and faithfully obey Him. The challenges will always come up under His inspired leadership and we must not be afraid to respond to whatever he requires. The opportunity may only come once so seize it and make obvious to Him your love, faith and loyalty.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)April  27th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

 “But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you” – Luke 12: 31

Today’s Bible verse is an excerpt from a larger text found in Luke 12:22-34 where Jesus is talking about some of the major things we worry about… Food, clothing, shelter. He encourages us not to worry about these things because we have a loving Father who has promised to provide for us. Jesus uses illustrations of the birds of the air and the lilies in the field to get His point across, that God provides for all that He created.

The premise of today’s promise is this… Your Father in heaven knows what you need and He will be faithful to provide because that is what good fathers do for their kids. Since we do not have to carry the burden of looking after ourselves, we can be free to focus on our Heavenly Father’s kingdom and be about His business.

Personally I have found this text of Scripture to be very challenging at times in my life. Jesus actually says that we do not need to give any thought for our life. I don’t know about you, but I find that difficult to comprehend. Yet, Jesus told us that it is possible to live such a care-free life that we can actually live without worry.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

HEARTS RULING HEADS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Unless you have the extra cash on hand, don’t countersign a note. Why risk everything you own? They’ll even take your bed.

Read: Proverbs 22: 26-27

It is sometimes a challenge to know when you should let your heart rule over what your heart is telling you. This is especially difficult when someone you know very well comes to you for some financial assistance, and because of that relationship, you find it more difficult to decline the request.

Your heart wants to help but your head is advising caution because once you put your name to somebody else’s debt problem, your relationship now shifts in its responsibility, from the one you want to help, to the one who is providing the financial service.

It follows then, that from that point on, because you now countersigned the note, that any default on the part of your friend in the payment of that debt, will leave you liable to pay it in full The key phrase in our proverb today is, “Unless have extra cash”, never let your heart rule your head.

Whenever there is a circumstance like this, settle it beforehand that you will only embark on such a venture if you have the surplus funds at hand to do it. And secondly if push  comes to shove, you are quite prepared to lose completely that surplus in the event, for whatever reason, the note you have countersigned is not honoured.

When its hearts verses heads which one do you trust?

A QUOTE TO NOTE – E Anderson

As you have been arrested by Christ you will immediately experience and enter into His REST.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

FAILURE TO ASSIST – Judges 8: 1-21

It would be quite a disappointing moment for Gideon to find the people at Succoth Penuel unwilling to go to battle with them against an awful foe that had done so much damage. They confronted their common foe. Having disposed of two of the kings and evidencing tokens of victory over a common enemy one would have thought they would have been ready to give support and supply vital victuals. They had got the enemy on the run but they were ‘faint, yet pursuing’ – v4. They were not going to give up at that stage. It was imperative to press home the advantage but here people of their own kith and kin obstinate in spirit and attitude.

There was a price to be paid for this later, and events show that Gideon carried through his intentions. He dealt with the enemy and made the offenders see that failure to assist as required was a punishable offence. The folly of these people was duly recompensed as Gideon returned and they were made to see that he was no misguided fool or leader. Their wickedness returns on their own heads. To remain indifferent to the call to fight brought its judgment.

We must never stand idly by when it is in our power to draw alongside and give whatever assistance is needed. An apathetic attitude and cynical spirit is foul and we must avoid it all costs. Let us be wide awake to every God-given opportunity to lend a hand so as to see the enemy completely routed. Seize the moment of standing with others to gain the supreme spiritual mastery. Much more can be accomplished for God together rather than fighting alone. Encouragement is an essential ministry at such times.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenApril 26th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 130,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. something to focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can’t deny himself” – 2 Timothy 2: 13

This is an absolutely wonderful promise! What a picture of the love and kindness of God! Even when we struggle in our faith, He will remain faithful to us because we are part of Him and He can’t deny himself. The New Living Translation says … If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. (NLT)

The Bible says in 1 John 4:16 that God is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes the attributes of love. God will remain faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him because that is who He is. Love believes all things, hopes for the best, never gives up.  If you are struggling today with your faith, don’t give up because God won’t give up on you! He loves you with all His heart and He has promised to be faithful even in the times when you are not.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SOUL DESTROYING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Keep away from angry and short-tempered men lest you learn to be like them and endanger your soul”.

Read: Proverbs 22:24-25

The human soul or spirit is a very sensitive capable of displaying incredible strength and fortitude. At the other end of the spectrum it is capable of being severely damaged and subdued. Have you ever heard anyone describe some horrible task they have been called on to fulfil as ‘soul destroying’.

Research has revealed that a need to have a change from the routine of their soul-destroying repetitious tasks so as to protect from emotional shut down In the same way if are exposed to a constant bombardment of outbursts or a short tempered explosive fuse, your spirit is going to be affected in a negative way.

The television is a powerful medium capable communicating all kinds of messages. In an to be so called realistic, outrageous behaviour finds its way into our homes Such behaviour has if making us believe it’s unfortunate capacity to influence the unguarded soul to the point for us to act like that.

Without the counter balance of the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit we can be left defenceless to such unwholesome behaviour Like the assembly line worker we too can reap the consequences of being negatively exposed.

Such exposure will eventually have its unwanted effects with its propensity to destroy our soul

A QUOTE TO NOTE – E Anderson

Faith is not simply having assurance but being animated, activated by it until it brings the extraordinary things into being and experience in your life – E. Anderson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

STRANGE PROCEDURES – Judges 7:16-25

It seemed a very strange method that Gideon adopted to go into the arena of conflict against such strength of numbers as seen in the host of the Midianites – 6: 5; 7:33. Who in their right natural state of mind would have resorted to the measures used by this leader to initiate a battle? The method employed looked ridiculous and mad and no one would have given it any hope of success in the circumstances. Fancy engaging trumpets, pitchers and lamps to start off a war! The Lord does use strange tactics at times but in them is huge success.

This was the way in this instance of going about to bring about the downfall and destruction of the enemy. Maybe it did not fit in with human reasoning but the Lord always had the right and successful procedure no matter what it entailed and Gideon was in on God’s plan.  It must have looked quite a threatening sight in the middle watch of the night to hear the trumpets blasting, the lights shining and hear the word shouted: “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon” – v20. It was enough to create panic and mayhem and cause the enemy to flee.

How essential it is to be in tune with the Lord so that we are able to enforce victory in His way! He always communicates the ideas that work out perfectly so that the inevitable consequence is that He gets all the glory. Remember He has ways and means by which He can achieve the all important conquests in your life and work and you need to be aware of them and apply the same. He is able still to make known the methods and procedures by which your enemies can be routed and overcome. Your real success is dependent upon your total reliance on Him.

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