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ernest kitchenJune 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

“The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God’s will remains forever” – 1 John 2: 17

We live in a temporal society. Here today, gone tomorrow. Things rust, thieves break in and steal, economies crash. There is nothing in this life that will last forever. The Bible says that even the heavens and the earth will one day be re-created. We are encouraged in God’s Word to look at the unseen things and not the things that are seen. The eternal things, not the temporal things.

Much of the world’s focus is in the realm of the temporal things. What we wear, where we live, what car we drive, how much money is in the bank, etc. But God makes an unshakeable promise that has nothing to do with the temporal things of this world.

Those who do the will of our God and Father will live forever! What a promise! May we fix our eyes today on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and seek to simply be obedient to what He calls us to do at this moment. Because of Jesus, we have a promise to live forever in His glorious kingdom. Hallelujah!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

TIMING IS EVERYTHING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“If you shout a pleasant greeting to a friend too early in the morning, he will count it as a curse”.

Read: Proverbs 27:14

Saying the right thing at the wrong time is as bad as saying the wrong thing at the right time. We have all either witnessed or experienced occasions when somebody is so obviously distressed, even to the point of tears, when some individual will come along and say, “Is anything wrong, dear?” To state the obvious when it is plain to all and sundry that something is very much wrong, can be the most galling of experiences. Then there are the times when you have a break-down problem with your car and some bright spark asks you if everything is okay!!

Now we all know that these comments are most of the time sincere attempts to be sympathetic or at least be a genuine offer to be of some help. But the timing of such intended pleasantries can cause them to have the very opposite effect. What is intended to be a blessing actually turns out to be a curse and all because the timing was wrong.

The exhortation of our proverb is to try to be sensitive to the situation before you open your mouth and put your foot in it.

A sense of occasion not only requires us to present ourselves in the right way but to consider the timing of our remarks and be aware of the adverse effect they may have.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MAKING A TEAM – 1 Samuel 22: 1-4; Mark 3: 13-19

Who would have thought that in the midst of David’s dilemma and difficulty the Lord would enable him to form and forge a constructive team that would serve David and the interests of the kingdom of Israel! Yet that is what occurred. At this time, when he was under so much pressure, there came to join him not only his family but something like four hundred men, and he began to assume command over them. One would have thought it was enough to be seeking his own security and good without this burden. But he is not overwrought about it but is prepared to assume the duty to lead and care. It says, “he became captain over them” – v2.

The men who joined up with him certainly appeared to be problem people with huge needs – “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented.” What a motley crew! Who could imagine that a worthwhile body of soldiers, men of nerve, strength and ability would be produced from such material? In looking at the twelve Christ chose to be His disciples and leaders one would not have given much in the way of prospect with regard to any of them. In the case of both David and Christ, they welded these people into dynamic teams.

People need to be brought under the inspiration and blessing of good and godly leadership. It was not what these men had been: it was what they became under noble leaders that took them under their wing. They were ready to be directed and disciplined and so became a powerful unit for good. Under Christ and Christian leadership today there is no reason why we cannot be made into people of noble character and with capable ministries conducting successful missions in teams. As you put your self under good men who are prepared to disciple then you make the grade and graduate with and for God.

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ernest (2)June 27th – 2016

Rev. E. Anderson

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A GOLDEN PROMISE

“The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe” –Proverbs 18:10

The name of our Lord and God is a strong tower, a mighty fortress that we can run to any time, night or day, and find safety. Psalm 91 talks about this strong tower being ‘the secret place of the Most High’. It is a place where we can stay our entire lives, dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty.

Many of the anxieties that we experience in our society come from a place where we do not feel safe and secure. God is our strong tower! We can rest assured that safety is found in the borders of His love. What father wouldn’t have a heart to protect his children?

God is the perfect Father and promises to be there for us…as a fortress that we can depend on for shelter.  When I think of this promise, I feel peace in my heart knowing that I have a safe place where I can go, and so do you!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 POOR CREDIT RISKS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”The world’s poorest credit risk is the man who agrees to pay a strangers debts”.

Read: Proverbs 27.-13

Today’s Proverb makes the parable of the Good Samaritan even more amazing to |me, I have always marvelled at this Bible story of the unbelievable kindness and generosity of the Samaritan man He not only helped at traveller in distress, but was prepared to pay whatever it took to see this unfortunate man back on his feet (See Luke 10 30-37)

I was always under the impression that the main thrust of this parable was the triumph of compassion over religious prejudice but this proverb has given me an added insight. Not only can you be religiously bigoted as racially prejudiced but you can actually have the support of the very word of God, as our proverb for today points out, and use it to over-ride a heart of compassion

The Samaritan did the very opposite with Old Testament scripture Even if the religious scribe and priest had allow pity to extend to one so incapable of helping himself l doubt if they would have rash as to say they would pay another man’s debt

If your heart of compassion makes you susceptible to some financial loss, go with your heart every time. After all, its only money you can lose, but your kindness will pay rich dividends.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN EVIL DOER – 1 Samuel 22: 6-23

We live in an evil world that is manipulated by the powers of evil under the rule and inspiration of Satan. Regrettably people become the tools of wickedness and allow themselves to be used to perform many atrocious acts. Even today, we see a birth of people who are perpetrators of awful deeds that bring pain, ruin, disaster and death to countless numbers. One of the mysteries of life is the manifestation of these people that produce so much harm and havoc.

In these two chapters we have the revelation of a man by the name of Doeg an Edomite who was prepared to play informer and murderer to comply with the wishes of Saul. The consequence of his foul word and work was that 85 priests of the Lord experienced death at his hands. There was nothing merciful in Doeg or Saul as they destroyed these holy men. The historical record does them no credit, but highlights their rottenness and wicked conduct for all to note.

One must not permit evil in any way to exist and operate in our beings because of what it is capable of producing. Once it has obtained a foothold there is no telling what the ultimate will be. Avoid at all costs the spirit and way of sin and evil because it brings untold harm to others and finally to the evildoer. God will judge all sinners on the Judgment Day; therefore, evil will be seen to be not a profitable procedure. It is not wise to go the way of evil men because there is the inevitable consequence of divine judgment.

 

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ernest kitchenJune 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

“The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe” – Proverbs 18:10

The name of our Lord and God is a strong tower, a mighty fortress that we can run to any time, night or day, and find safety. Psalm 91 talks about this strong tower being ‘the secret place of the Most High’. It is a place where we can stay our entire lives, dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty.

Many of the anxieties that we experience in our society come from a place where we do not feel safe and secure. God is our strong tower! We can rest assured that safety is found in the borders of His love. What father wouldn’t have a heart to protect his children?

God is the perfect Father and promises to be there for us…as a fortress that we can depend on for shelter.  When I think of this promise, I feel peace in my heart knowing that I have a safe place where I can go, and so do you!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 POOR CREDIT RISKS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”The world’s poorest credit risk is the man who agrees to pay a strangers debts”.

Read: Proverbs 27.-13

Today’s Proverb makes the parable of the Good Samaritan even more amazing to |me, I have always marvelled at this Bible story of the unbelievable kindness and generosity of the Samaritan man He not only helped at traveller in distress, but was prepared to pay whatever it took to see this unfortunate man back on his feet (See Luke 10 30-37)

I was always under the impression that the main thrust of this parable was the triumph of compassion over religious prejudice but this proverb has given me an added insight. Not only can you be religiously bigoted as racially prejudiced but you can actually have the support of the very word of God, as our proverb for today points out, and use it to over-ride a heart of compassion

The Samaritan did the very opposite with Old Testament scripture Even if the religious scribe and priest had allow pity to extend to one so incapable of helping himself l doubt if they would have rash as to say they would pay another man’s debt

If your heart of compassion makes you susceptible to some financial loss, go with your heart every time. After all, its only money you can lose, but your kindness will pay rich dividends.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

LOYALTY – BEING TRUE – 1 Samuel 20

These two godly men, Jonathan and David, had entered into a sacred and loving covenant and it was to be severely tested in terms of fidelity and trust. The time came when it would be under pressure but when that happened it did not fail on either side. They were both committed to God and each other. Jonathan was quite a remarkable individual because he knew David was destined to be king. He was not jealous about it but delighted and ready to surrender his claim and right. All that he wanted for his real pal and comrade was his exaltation.

His father would seek to antagonize Jonathan against his friend and colleague but he would have none of it, in fact, he sought earnestly to bring sense into the situation and create peace and good will. It became evident that David’s life was in jeopardy and so he took the measures whereby he could rescue him out of the clutches and evil intention of his father. Before they parted on this occasion he said: “Go in peace, since we have sworn in the name of the LORD saying, ‘May the LORD be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’ So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city . .” –  v42.

It is well to honour commitments made out of love and loyalty. In a world of social and spiritual relationships, where peoples’ words appear to be no longer their bond, how essential it is that Christians maintain fidelity to what has gone from their lips, especially in sacred covenant to God and others. If you desire to keep your friendships intact and worthwhile, then we make sure that your stated intentions are sustained even though it may be at great personal cost and loss. This kind of thing makes for the wholesome production of a noble character and life.

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ernest (2)June 25th – 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 executes righteous acts, and justice for all who are oppressed” – Psalm 103: 6

Isn’t it good to know that God promises to provide justice for those who are oppressed? I am amazed at the number of verses in the Bible which speak about God’s heart for the weak of this world, the poor, the mistreated, children, widows, orphans, etc. He has always been the protector of those who have difficulty protecting themselves.

He is a God that does not rejoice in evil or injustice, but rejoices when the truth wins out. (1 Corinthians 13:6) Whatever unjust situation that you find yourself in today, be encouraged to know that God is for you and He understands your life and your suffering. It is my prayer that each one of us will be able to rest in our God and Father’s saving, protecting power today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 DEFENSIVE DRIVING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences”.

Read: Proverbs 27: 12

There are driving courses which are designed to impart the skills of trying to anticipate what other road users might do in certain traffic scenarios. One of these skills is the development of a far sighted reading of the road conditions ahead. This requires the ability to keep your focus well ahead of your vehicle in keeping with your speed and the potential for a hazard emerging. Lots of  accidents occur just because people are inept at reading the road signs and hazard signals which are not always displayed so obviously. No! Not the literal road sign and signals but the ones that have the dynamics in place for a disaster to occur. For instance, the sight of small children on the edge of the roadway could spell danger. Because of their juvenile volatility and impulsive behaviour, this could cause them, without warning, to run suddenly out into the road.

So it is with the journey of life, if we don’t develop the anticipatory skills enabling us to read the warning signs ahead of us. We are told the simpleton can only see as far as the end of his nose and therefore suffers the consequences of his short-sightedness. Be on the lookout for the problems ahead and take all the defensive action necessary.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MARVELLOUS PRESERVATION – 1 Samuel 19; Psalm 121

This further phase of divine preservation in the life of David displays just what a unique destiny he was called to. What comes to view is the capacity of the Lord to keep His prospective servants in all kind of situations. Time and again he was to discover that he was covered in all sorts of dangers. It was the mind and heart of Saul to dispose of David and even Jonathan expressed the fact so clearly – v2. The Philistines once again mustered their forces and David led the battle against them and won the day and was divinely preserved – v8.

It was not welcome news to Saul and when the opportunity came for him to throw his spear to kill David, the Lord was there to safeguard – v10. In his wife, at that time, he found an ally, and when Saul would have taken and disposed him she enabled him to escape. He found refuge with Samuel and again Saul sent messengers to arrest him but they were arrested by God’s Spirit. He went, with evil intent, and was overcome in a sovereign manner by the Spirit of God – v23. He was not permitted to carry through the wicked notions entertained in his mind.

There is security and safety in the will of God and no evil enacted by men, demons or even Satan can overcome us while we live under His grace and covering. The Lord knows how to preserve His saints and to keep them in all kinds of difficult conditions. Today you are not only well thought of by the Lord, He will look after you and your interests as you keep Him in focus and first place in your life. There is divine preservation on you on this planet till your work is done!

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ernestandersonFURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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TOO LATE!

HOSEA 5

The Lord plainly tells His people that there will come a moment when it will be too late to seek Him because they have gone too far over the edge and judgment will be inevitable – v5. He was addressing the professed spiritual leaders and expressing the fact that the northern part was doomed because of the utter wickedness of all. There was no way that He could forestall judgement any further and no action on their part could stop what was to be. These are very sad words – “Too Late!” They disclose and describe a hopeless state of affairs.

(1) IT WAS SEEMINGLY TOO LATE TO AMEND THEIR WAYS

It appears from v6 that there does look as if there was some attempt to find God and make amendment but one just wonders whether it was genuine or mere outward show. Maybe it was an effort to try and prevent what they knew was going to happen and there was an absence of a true seeking of the Lord. They could now read the signs and so were driven by fear rather than a wholesome desire to know, love and worship Jehovah. The Lord could read the situation perfectly and had no time for it.

(2) IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THE LORD TO RETURN AND SHOW  GRACE

The Lord had left them to their true deserts. They had tested His grace to the utmost limit and it was now time to withdraw it. To have further demonstrated some favour may well have brought further abuse of it. It would have been senseless to have gone back because it would not have improved matters as God in His wisdom could foresee. The only way forward was to let things take their course.

(3) IT WAS TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE AWFUL CONFLICT AND SLAVERY

The Lord foretells what is to be and it does not make comfortable reading. Judgment is to fall like a waterfall – v1 O. The people will be consumed like a moth eats wool and their strength will be utterly weakened like dry rot. It is just an exposure and end as revealed in their nature and practice. They will be torn apart and finish up in bondage – v14. When it all occurs they will know that there is no escape route.

(4) IT WAS TOO LATE UNTIL THE TIME OF RENEWAL OCCURRED

Thankfully, at the concluding part of this section there is the promise of the Lord’s return and the revelation of His grace. Until that time schedule and ultimate intervention everything is in abeyance. God’s people will have to wait the Lord’s time for the restoration of His grace that will ensure a new beginning and future. Whilst the Lord says “Too Late”, Now! thankfully His covenant word and grace still exist for future unveiling.

CLIMAX

There is a major lesson to learn in all this. One must not presume upon or abuse God’s grace and favour. One should know Him and His timing.

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ernest (2)June 24th – 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

“Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let your widows trust in me” – Jeremiah 49:11

In the Old Testament Hebrew culture, a child who was fatherless was considered an orphan even if they were still under the care of their mother. That is why James says that pure religion is to take care of the widows and the orphans. God’s heart is for those who are vulnerable. God’s heart is for the underdog and those who are exploited in our society.

I personally believe that this promise not only applies to those who have had their father/husband die, but all who do not have a father/husband in their home. With the divorce rates reaching the 50% mark in many Western countries, I believe that this promise that God makes to protect the fatherless and the widows is very relevant in the society in which we live.

If you are in a situation where you are (or feel) fatherless, be encouraged that our God and Father promises to protect you. If you are widowed, divorced or separated in some way from your husband, God knows your needs and He will care for you like no one else possibly could.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 KIDS WILL BE KIDS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“My son, how happy I will be if you turn out to be sensible! It will be a public honour to me”.

Read: Proverbs 1: 1-6

A long time ago my wife and I made the decision that whatever, or however, our children ultimately turned out to be, sensible or not so sensible, we would always be there for them if they needed us

Your children can never stop being your children and you can never stop being their mother and father. You may choose to disown your children and vice versa, but that can never break the blood bond between you and your DNA will always be identical whether you like it or not.

Children can be a blessing or an embarrassment. They can evoke pride of place in their parent’s hearts or sadness and disappointment. Either way, the reason for either response, like it or not, is our parentage. We enjoy the proud moments because we can rightly claim that we had a part in their creation and to some degree their development. We get hurt and offended at the disappointing moments for exactly the same reason. We are blessed to have children we are extremely proud of. Their mother and l can sing their praises to all our friends and associates. That does not mean that disappointments have been altogether absent. However, our decision has been set in concrete. Whatever happens, we will never revoke our privilege and responsibility of parenthood to them.

 QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNNECESSARY JEALOUSY– 1 Samuel 18: 6-30

Looking at the life of Saul at this period of life, he appears to be making a rod for his own back in his treatment of David. Instead of acting with the grace of wisdom, he behaves in a very jealous manner, which was uncalled for. David was not his enemy, but he acted in envy because of a number of things that were creditable in him.  He was jealous over his success, over the fact that the Lord was with him, that he knew constant victories and that those who he led were impressed by him, also, that he conducted himself in a wise and becoming way. David never sought to gain any advantage over him but endeavoured to serve him in humility.

The king should have been glad and grateful that he had a trustworthy servant and he could have made way for him as his successor.  Instead he took the opposite stance in seeking to remove him.  This young man became a threat to his whole life and future. He allowed himself to be ravaged by a wrong mindset and attitude that robbed him of real peace and pleasure. What an opportunity for the monarch to introduce a wholesome spirit and attitude into the nation!

The apostle Peter gives some sound advice for all to heed to in 1 Peter 2:1. He says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking.” These things must not be allowed to be birthed and developed within amongst the Christian community because they spoil character and the good that can be accomplished. Do all within your power through God’s grace to keep your inward condition holy and healthy at all times. This provides a wholesome basis from which God can work through in a greater manner and measure.

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ernest kitchenJune 23rd – 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

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” – Matthew 5:9

How do you think a father feels when he sees his children are fighting with each other in his home? As a father myself, I know how grieved I have felt when I have seen my children not getting along. A father’s heart is for peace and harmony for his kids.

When I think of this promise, I am encouraged that there is a blessing for us when we love peace and we do everything within our power to live at peace with all those around us. Sometimes it is simply not possible, but as far as it is within our control, may we be a people that love peace. In today’s promise, we read that the children of God will be peacemakers.

Since we have been made one with Jesus and one of His names is the Prince of Peace, may we love to bring peace wherever we go. May we be dispensers of peace in places of turmoil. May the peace that passes our understanding guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. My heart’s cry is that all of us within the Body of Christ would look to nurture peace wherever we go.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 A FRIEND IN NEED – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Never abandon a friend – either yours or your fathers.  Then you won’t need to go distant relatives in your time of need”.

Read: Proverbs 27.-10

Maintaining and cultivating friendships is a very important part of our lives. Friendships can be forged for a lifetime and can in some cases be even more meaningful in their association than those of our blood relatives. How do you foster friendships that can stand the test of time’? l

mean those friendships that you know you could count on to help when you are really in trouble?

Recently a neighbour whom we had never met before knocked on our door in the early hours of the morning. There was an emergency with her father who had some kind of seizure and had to be taken to hospital. Since that time we have developed a wonderful friendship with this family. I am sure that as a result of us helping out in their emergency, we could, without hesitation, feel free to call on each other at any time of the day or night to get help if needed.

Of. course friendships have to be fostered and kept alive! Not always by life changing, cataclysmic events, but by the occasional small, and not very expensive kindness of an out of the blue phone call, an email or an invitation for coffee.

Whatever happens, don’t abandon your friends, whether long standing or recently acquired, you might need them some day.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

COVENANT FRIENDSHIP – 1 Samuel 18: 1-4

What a good spirited and warm-hearted person Jonathan was! This had already been reflected in his life in close association with the one who bore his armour. His associate then had discovered what a fantastic attitude he had and was happy to link up with him in vital conflict. Now it is to be manifested in a greater measure with David after his success over Goliath. The coming together of these choice people was to serve the interests of God and of Israel and to be an illustration of what true spiritual friendship could mean and achieve.

It could be said they were kindred spirits, appreciating the good and the courageous that possessed them both. Jonathan, it would seem took the initiative, being the older and also the king’s son, in forming this strong spiritual bond. He was not jealous of David’s success but was glad that he had arrived to bring about such through God for Israel.  In humility and honesty they could appraise and approve the virtues of each other and not be envious. He was not afraid to express his great appreciation and affection – v4.

Maybe there is someone that the Lord wants you to form a close liaison with, someone that you can find pleasure and profit with. Our meeting with others can be so providential that mutual gain can arise in the rich union of spirits. It happened with Elijah and Elisha, Peter and John and others. Two are better than one and can be a real helpmeet to each other especially in seasons of conflict. If you have not such a close bond with someone, why not ask the Lord to send a person across your pathway so that your life and ministry can be blessed and so that you can have an unselfish interest and input into such an individual.

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ernest (2)June 22nd – 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

“Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4

I love this promise. Romans 2:4 basically says it is the very goodness of God that leads people to repent. Many times, when we think of repentance, we think of it as a shame based response to some form of judgment in our lives. But really, it means to go in another direction or to change our mind.

When Jesus said, ‘Repent for the kingdom is near’, He was calling people to go in a new direction, a new way of thinking where they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. For too long, the word repentance has had far too many negative connotations.

There may be a place for a fire and brimstone, or a turn or burn message in the proclaiming of the gospel. But there is also a place when we simply proclaim God’s goodness and His love and the result is that people will respond by going in a new direction… towards their loving Father through Christ. I  believe that it is the love of God that will cause people to truly repent. In John 4:19, it says…We love because He first loved us.

God loved us while we were still His enemy (Romans 5:6-10). I believe it is the love of the Father that will melt the hearts of humanity and draw each one into His bosom through the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is our Papa’s goodness that will lead us to change our minds and go in a new direction.

When I think of this promise in this light, it changes the way I see evangelism. It is the goodness of our Heavenly Father that will cause the biggest transformation in a person’s heart.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

FAMILY TIES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”Even honey seems tasteless to a man who is full; but if he is hungry, he’ll eat anything. A man who strays from home is like a bird that wanders from its nest. Friendly suggestions are as pleasant as perfume”.

Read: Proverbs 27:7-9

There come times in the lives of most of us when we want to settle down and begin to feather our nest. ln the normal course of events we are happy to spend our quality time just being together with our newfound loved one.

This doesn’t mean that we cut ourselves off from friendships, associations and pastimes that have occupied us in the past. Even in a marriage relationship there has to be opportunity given for the individual pursuits of each partner. However problems can arise if we imagine that we can live the same kind of lifestyle that we enjoyed in our single state. Once we make a commitment to a permanent relationship we have to be prepared to accept the responsibility and in some instances, the restrictions on our movements that such a commitment requires.

The animal kingdom can teach us many lessons on parental and relational responsibilities. Like the bird referred to here, the significant word that is used is ‘wander’.

 

Legitimate times and seasons of separation do no relationship any harm whatsoever, but If the wanderlust spirit is allowed to get the upper hand, those family ties can soon be jeopardized and trouble is ahead!

Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder too much absence makes it wander! So make sure you don’t stray too far away from home!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE – 1 Samuel 17; 2 Corinthians 10: 1-5

Besides trusting in the Name of the Lord and in His ability, David had a proven track record with his sling. Through his shepherd days he learned the art of throwing stones with a sling and hitting the mark with devastating impact. He knew that Goliath was depending on his might, size and weapons in the contest. His sling and stone seemed insignificant in contrast.  But he was confident in his God that all he required was one stone to register in the right place and so he threw with inspiration, power and direction. With God’s help he succeeded in bringing his opponent down – “So David prevailed over the Philistine with sling and stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David” – v50.

Paul made it abundantly clear that in his life and ministry for Christ, victory and success depended not on carnal weapons but the prayerful use of spiritual abilities that God has given through His Spirit and Word. Strongholds of evil were no match for the people who were trained and gifted by God with the armour of righteousness, love and truth etc. Satan, and the hosts of wickedness, could be beaten by the right means.

We learn the lesson that we must become familiar with the use of our spiritual artillery so that we can successfully wage war with the wicked powers arrayed against us. No weapon that is formed against us can prosper so victory is ours! We can win the day and register triumph in our times over the power of evil. It is now opportune for us to register divine triumphs by the same means.

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welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJune 21st – 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 you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified” – 1 Peter 4:14

The Bible says that those who live a godly life will suffer persecution. We live in an orphan world with orphan values. Jesus told us that if people would reject Him, then they would reject us too. At some point in our lives, we will all suffer some form of persecution for Christ’s sake. Since I live in the west, I wouldn’t even try to dare to compare the suffering in my country to the persecution that is happening in many other places around the world.

Needless to say, God’s grace will be sufficient in whatever level we need it to be for our circumstances. It is reassuring that we can rely on the Holy Spirit to rest on us when we are spoken evil of because of our faith in Jesus. In this KJV translation, the Apostle Peter actually says we should be happy if we are persecuted for the glorious name of Christ.  May each one of us count it all joy when we suffer even a little bit for Christ’s sake.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 CRUEL TO BE KIND – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Jealousy is more dangerous and cruel than anger. Open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than kisses from an enemy”.

Read: Proverbs 27:4-6

You will have noticed I am sure, the number of times I have mentioned the various observations and sayings of my mother. It is a constant source of wonder to me that so much of her homespun wisdom has the backing of the Bible for its inspiration. Here is another one of my mother’s sayings, “Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind”.

I like the King James Version of this proverb as it carries a more adequate expression of its truth. The Living Bible says the wounds of a friend are BETTER than the kisses of an enemy whilst the King James Version goes one step further and describes those friendly wounds as being FAITHFUL and those enemy kisses as DECEITFUL.

The key to benefiting from what seem to be hurtful comments that might be directed toward us is RELATIONSHIP. We all need to have some special person in our lives who can just say it as it is with no holds barred. We might not like what we hear and may be initially offended, but because we know our friend has our best interests at heart, that very strength of relationship helps us to at least consider the truth we might have to face.

We need to handle open rebuke well, because sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

TAKING A GIANT – 1 Samuel 17

When David set out that day to fulfil the request of his father, to find out how his brothers were faring on the battlefield, he may not have fully sensed what it would turn out to be. It later became obvious that this was not by accident but that the Lord had arranged things. The coming out of the giant was rather timely as he arrived on the scene. The challenging sight and words of the giant created a spiritual gut reaction in David and he immediately felt this human colossus ought not to be allowed to get away with it.

Knowing the Lord as he did, and having experienced so much in the way of victory over ferocious beasts, he knew that this individual needed sorting out. This monstrous man must be taken on in the Lord’s name. He knew the big could fall before the diminutive when the Lord was on the side of the latter. There is the taking on of the giant in the Name of the Lord – v45 and he stated – “This day will the LORD deliver you into mine hand” v47, and it still remains so! It was the LORD who made him a giant killer.

There are giants that appear on our horizon that have to be tackled and dealt a devastating blow. Like David, we must not be afraid of such and this will be so as the LORD has ascendancy in our thinking and living. Instead of being overcome by adverse fear and foe, we will overcome both the inward fear and the outward foe through Him. The testimony will be of a glorious conquest to the Lord because “greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world” – 1 John 4: 4.

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welcome to this christian website

June 20th – 2016

ernest (2)

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

”to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified” – Isaiah 61:3

Isaiah 61 is full of amazing promises from God that were fulfilled when Jesus came to the world two thousand years ago. Verse 3 alone contains at least 4 promises that we could take all day to talk about! But in this devotional, I will stick to the promise where God says that He will give us a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Many of the translations that I studied agree with the KJV that God promises a garment (or mantle) of praise for a spirit of heaviness (or despair – NIV). The Amplified version describes the spirit of heaviness as ‘a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit’ that God wants to lift off of us.

We all get discouraged. We all despair at times. Some of us struggle with this more than others. It is part of the human condition. I am thankful that modern medicine has helped us to better understand issues surrounding depression. Through the wisdom that God has provided, there are many helpful medical solutions to treat these issues. We need to be wise and continue to follow our doctor’s advice if we are being treated for such a condition.

But what about those instances in life where a fearful thought or a discouraging thought makes us feel heavy and burdened? What can we do to combat these negative thoughts that come from the enemy of our soul? In today’s promise, we read that God will give us a garment of praise in exchange for our spirit of heaviness.

I am not sure how it works for other people, but for me, when I take my eyes off my circumstances and begin to praise God, then I seem to get a new perspective on things. All of a sudden, my eyes are fixed upward rather than inward and my outlook on the problem starts to change.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

RESENTMENT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”A rebel’s frustrations are heavier than sand and rocks”.

Read: Proverbs 27:3

Rebellion of any kind is bad enough but where it gets to the point of causing frustration then you are heading for serious trouble

There are of, course certain circumstances when opposition to the status quo might be admissible. We have all heard of the many injustices that have been perpetrated in the world, even in some instances, with the backing of the law of the land. A case in point has been the Lindy Chamberlain case in Australia, where she was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of her baby, when in fact it was ultimately proven to have been taken by a wild dingo. It took thin; years for this lady to strenuously oppose the legal system which perpetrated this injustice, to eventually get her name cleared of this offence

The rebellion that our proverb refers to is that of a disregard for any kind of authority, censure or correction. A disposition bent on going against all the norms of acceptable behaviour Such rebellion is as frustrating to the rebel as it is to the ones rebelled against as there seems to be no way of bringing an acceptable resolution to either party. In either case it is like having to carry a couple of sandbags around your neck every day and the sooner you are able to cut loose from such a burden the better it will be for you.

QUOTES TO NOTE –  H. Jackson Brown (Jnr)

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WHERE GOD LOOKS – 1 Samuel 16: 1-13

God’s plans and purposes must go forward in spite of the let down caused by people who fail to live up to expectations. He was not floundering and in confusion because of Saul’s unfortunate demise but had someone and something in mind that would be a successful replacement. His eyes had moved to an individual that would be schooled in His ways and who was already showing signs of obedience and trust. He was just an early teenager that had a great affection for God and was showing immense promise. Samuel was called upon to go to the family of Jesse because the future king of Israel was amongst his sons – v1.

He had a number of sons that were quite impressive from the natural standpoint and the prophet could easily have made a mistake. The Lord gave him some sound advice that aided him in his assignment – “Look not on his countenance . . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” v7. It was essential to get the right person and the Lord would point him out. In this case, it was the least likely that turned out to be the divine choice.

This still appertains today. We are still likely to make mistakes and capable of choosing people according to our own carnal reasoning and judgment. It is imperative that we are prompted by the Lord and have His perception and understanding because He knows people through and through and sees the end from the beginning. He only makes the correct assessment and He is to be trusted. He is able to inspire you to prepare the way for those who will be major successes.

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