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
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you!” – Isaiah 49: 15
The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:16 that God is love. He is the complete expression of every possible type of love. A father’s love, a friend’s love, the love of a bridegroom, etc., for 1 John 4 says that all love comes from God. In today’s promise, we see a feminine expression of the love of God.
In this verse, God is posing a question… Can a mother forget the baby at her breast? Is it possible for her to not have compassion on the child that she has birthed? God goes onto say, even if she forgets you, I will not forget you! The following verse in Isaiah 49:16 continues as God tells us that He has engraved us on the palms of His hands.
What a promise that we have! No matter what happens in this life, no matter what form of rejection we receive… even from our parents, God will not reject us! He will never forget us because He loves us with a father’s love and He loves us with a mother’s love too!
May the love of God overwhelm us today with every love that we need. A father’s love, a mother’s love, the love of a friend, the love of a Savior… May we learn to live in this love (1 John 4:16) more and more for the rest of our lives.
WISDOM THAT WORKS
Rev. Bob Stevenson
“If you rebuke a mocker you only get a smart retort; yes he will snarl at you. So don ‘t bother with him; he will only hate you for trying to help him, But a wise man, when rebuked will love you all the more”.
Read.‘ Proverbs: 9:7-8 In these days of user friendliness, along with the more sophisticated diplomatic approaches and political correctness in human relationships, we are more and more being schooled to avoid confrontation. The idea of straightforwardly rebuking somebody for their ‘Smart Alec’ comments is light years away from most people’s thinking.
However we are told that to rebuke a wise man he will love you all the more. This suggests a number of things to me in relation to handing out even the most well intentioned rebuke.
Firstly, make sure you have enough of a positive relationship with the person you are trying to put right. I note that our proverb points out that, “he will love you all the more”, inferring there was already some bond of friendship established previously.
Secondly, be sure your rebuke is not aimed at the one being rebuked vindictively, but shared with them on the grounds of mutual respect and dignity.
Thirdly, take care to come from a disposition of genuine helpfulness and not from any judgmental or critical perspective. The last impression you want to convey when rebuking someone is a ‘holier than thou’ perspective.
If you can keep these things in mind when rebuking is a necessity, you will stand a better chance of being loved for it!
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future – George Bernard Shaw
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment – Jim Rohn
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone – Audrey Hepburn
DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
Read, study and take notes for further thought. Make your own commentary and hear the LORD speak to you.
BEING AND BECOMING LIKE GOD – Genesis 1: 26, 27:
It is apparent, right from the beginning, to note the aspiration and ambition that God had for man. It is plain in the affirmation of the Triune God in Genesis 1: 26, 27 – “Let us make man in our own image . . .” Man was made a tri-partite being consisting of spirit, soul and body, each have its own particular feature and relationship with the other points. His spirit was to make him God-conscious and aware of spiritual realities; his soul to personal consciousness and realization and individuality; his body to make him conscious of the world of nature and natural factors. It is through the spiritual that divine likeness was to be achieved. It was to be the governing inspiration that would bring more of God into his being and behaviour and produce God-likeness that would affect his personality and his relationship in the things of a natural order.
Because of sin and evil, there came the loss of the spiritual and so the disorder and unlikeness to God. The Good News is that in and through Jesus Christ this likeness can be fully restored. He alone offers the hope not only of forgiveness but renewal to the image of God. As a person looks to Christ alone, he finds out to his pleasure, that Christ not only has power to regenerate the life but to enable it to take on conformity to God. As Paul remarks, as Christ is gazed His unique glory and grandeur, He is able to produce His own features in the life in every way and it is a case of being changed from glory to glory as Christ is observed. Christ-likeness means God-likeness.
This year God has a goal for you and you can attain it, and that is to become like His Son and as you become more like His Son you become like Him. You could have no better or greater objective, and success here is the best of all. Let this inspiration motivate you every day in every way so that you grow like God. It will give Him pleasure and you much satisfaction.