welcome to this christian website

 

July 5th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

ernestandersonWelcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The LORD desires you know what it is to live a very full and meaningful life. That is why you are here. His blessed intention is that you might know Him within your daily experience and to enjoy life in all its presentations to you. It is imperative you have a mind, heart and will set towards Him so that united with Him you will be able to accomplish choice things as one. Instead of being limited and negative you will sense a joyous release in your gifting from Him and the knowledge that you can perform at a beautiful rate and in a first-class manner. There will be no existing in embarrassment and lack of self-esteem but the deep consciousness that you are someone in and through Him and what you are doing is of lasting and rewarding value. So today is important to HIM and YOU!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation”- Psalm 68:5

It is such a comfort to know that God promises to be a father to the fatherless. In this fatherless generation that we live in, there has never been a greater need for a Father’s love than right now. With almost 50% of homes in many western countries ending up in divorce, there is a cry today that is echoed by Jesus’ disciples in John 14:8 to… “Show us the Father and it will be enough!”

God not only promises to be a father to the literal fatherless, but also for every person who feels an empty void in their heart for the love that can only come from God Himself. No matter how great our earthly dads are or were, even the best of their love cannot compare to the immense love that flows from the Father to us through His Holy Spirit.

In the same way that fatherless children need fathers, widows need a husband. Divorcees, singles, etc. all need a protecting love. The NKJV, NLT, NIV Bible versions all translate the above WEB Bible to say that God is a defender of widows. The ESV Bible says that God is their protector. In Isaiah 62:5, God promises to rejoice over Israel just like a bridegroom rejoices over His bride.

So whatever love we need, God is the ultimate source of it. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God is love. Whether we need a father, a mother, a friend or a husband, the love of God promises to fill every love deficit in our heart. May we all be comforted in knowing this today.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
BEYOND THE BLUE

The glory of the Gospel is that it not only enhances this side of living, but it also reveals the other side of dying.

And no richer expression of this theme is given than the vision of John in The Revelation 7:9-17, where “a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s, and people, and tongues, stood before the Throne.”
Heaven’s negatives. No more loneliness, distress, dire experience, privation or sorrow. And that most tender of promises: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

Heaven’s positives. The ecstasy of God’s presence, the thrill of worship, the joy of holy service, the satisfaction of being led and fed by our everlasting Shepherd – the Lamb of God. “Day and night” we will “serve Him”. This expression – “day and night” is but a human term for etemal continuity. We shall have new bodies that do not need to be recuperated by sleep, and renewed spirits that never tire of holy etemal exercises. Worship will be our dominating by activity. Our work will be worship.

And Paul had a glimpse of this glorious realm (2 Cor 12:2-4), so that he could say, “our light affliction, which is but for moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding weight of glory”. The vision of glory to come brightens the gloom of earthly trials.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The cross is ‘I’ crossed out” – Anonymous

“The cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold” -Boardman

“The cross is the ladder to heaven” – Draxe

“In some strange and mystical way, Calvary is in the geography of the infinite, and the crucifixion is in the calendar of the timeless” – Hughes

“To remember Jesus is to remember first of all his Cross” – John Knox

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WHY ME, LORD? (PART ONE) – ThomaS Addington

“Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you knoow that the testing ofyourflzith develops perseverance” – James 1

It may be a blister on your finger—or an aneurysm in your artery. It may be that you’ve lost your wallet—or you’ve lost your business. It may that your plans for the day have been ruined—or your hopes for a lifetime have been crushed.
One thing is certain: Life delivers tough blows. Every day, every week, and every month we face the possibility of experiencing difficult circumstances and tough times. These are natural and inevitable elements of our lives. Simply being alive means we will face trials, be disappointed, and encounter hardship and hurdles.
It was family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy who reportedly first said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” California pastor and author Robert Schuller added, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” However, centuries earlier, the apostle James revealed the best approach to the trials of life: When the going gets tough, the tough turn to God.

We who are followers of Jesus need to focus on that thought from James and incorporate it into our perspective on life. God uses difficult times to develop character in us. Even after we’ve learned that, we still ask, Why me? However, it’s not just “me.” It’s every one of us. Pain and hardship are instruments God uses to shape us at our core. Knowing His purpose for tough times doesn’t answer every cry or erase every pain, but it does help us grapple with the reality of hardship.
No matter how unfair “and random our troubles may appear to be, God is not absent, removed, or disconnected from our pain. He is still tending to His universe at large—and to each individual in particular. When we hurt, God knows and feels. We are not alone.

So what do you do when the going gets tough?

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ernestanderson
July 4th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

When you know you are doing the right thing do not let go because such may never return your way. Jacob, at the ford Jabbok,was wrestling and under great pressure but he would not bow or bend cost what it may. He said to his heavenly visitor: “I will not let go unless you bless me” – Genesis 28. That is the kind of stuff that the LORD is looking for in you. There has to be birthed and developed in you tenacity and determination of will so what is happening for good is realised and brought to fruition for good. Hold on and in there until you witness the favour of the LORD is abundantly manifested in your life and ministry. Christ hung in there literally at the Cross because He knew it was worth dying for! And what results occurred because He would not let go! Follow His example.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings” – Psalm 36:7

Both the NIV and the NLT versions of the Bible call God’s loving-kindness His unfailing love in this passage of Scripture. It is comforting to be reminded that all humanity is welcome to take refuge in the shadow of Papa’s wings. Day or night, His wings are spread open wide enough, so that every person on this planet can find protection in the secret place of the Most High.

Whether we take God up on His offer of shelter is more of the question at hand. We are free to respond to His love or reject it. No matter how we respond to Him, His promise stands forever. His love is steadfast and unfailing. We can find refuge in His wings if we just choose to believe that this is the truth.

The tragedy is that so many people go through their entire lives without ever knowing this powerful promise. An even greater tragedy is when those of us who know this promise somehow forget that this can be a tangible reality that we can live in for the rest of our lives.

My encouragement today is for you to quiet yourself and ask Papa God to show you what it looks like for you to take refuge under the shadow of His wings. He is waiting for you to respond to His invitation. This is a promise that we can trust in because our heavenly Dad keeps all His promises!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford

VINDICATION

When Paul speaks of “Great is the mystery of Godliness” He emphasises the essence of the Gospel story as summed up in the life and experience of the Lord Jesus. He was manifested in Incarnation, justified by the Resurrection, under constant angelic, world-wide declaration, universal acceptation and etemal glorification.

The phrase “justified in the Spirit” (1 Tim 3:16) is rightly translated in the NlV by “vindicated by the Spirit”, a fact endorsed by His resurrection, as Romans 1:4 also indicates.
The whole ministry and mission of Jesus, apparently terminated by His crucifixion, is shown to be totally vindicated as His declared life-purpose.
His Gospel was shown to be true. ln raising Him from the dead, the Father declared His total acceptance of His Son as the Saviour of men, as the Mediator of His covenant, and as the Consummator of etemal purpose to “gather my saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice” (Psalm 50:5).

Jesus is the fulfilment of Old Testament precept and promise, the realisation of its types and shadows, the representation of its ideals and covenants. And all this is confirmed and assured by His resurrection.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“In judging and censuring our brethren, we meddle with that which does not belong to us: we have work enough to do at home; and, if we must needs be judging, let us exercise our faculty upon our own hearts and ways” – Henry

“He has the right to criticize who has a heart to help” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of truth” – Locke

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
A SLAVE OF GOD – Thomas Addington

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” – James 1:1
In New Testament times, slavery was Widespread. As a matter of fact, the social structure and economy of the Roman Empire depended upon slave labour. Slaves performed a variety of tasks: from factory work and mining to medicine and secretarial work, from farming and business management to cooking and teaching. Because of its prevalence in biblical times, much spiritual meaning and application has been drawn from the concept of slavery.

The word for “servant” used in James 1:1 is the Greek word doulos, which means “slave” or “servant.” Positioned inside the word doulos are a host of deep and meaningful concepts that add dimension to a believer’s relationship to his Master and Lord, Jesus.

First, there is the concept of alien: (strangers) and citizens (John 15:16-20; 17:6—16; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16). Followers of Jesus are not simply a familiar group of folks who cluster on Sunday. We are an assembly of men and women who are only passing through this life. Our ultimate address is heaven.

The second concept is that of adoption, a procedure found in many legal systems through which a person leaves his natural family and enters another family. As believers in Jesus, we have been adopted into God’s family with all the rights and privileges therein (Romans 9:4; Ephesians,1:5; Galatians 414-5). –

The third concept has to do with inheritance. When a servant joins God’s family, he or she is positioned for tremendous spiritual inheritance. The bounty and benefits that belong to Jesus are duly transferred to each of us (Ephesians 1:18-19).

The final concept is redemption. A servant belonged to his master but could be freed if someone purchased his freedom for him. According to Romans 6, we were born slaves to sin but Jesus purchased us with his life and death (1 Peter 1:18-19).
So when James opens his letter by calling himself a servant of God, he’s not just giving himself a title that looks good on a business card. It is a rich label he has attached to himself as a follower of Jesus Christ. If you had written this book, would you have been able to give yourself the same title?

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 3rd – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

There is a time and moment when hesitation has to cease and firm decision and action must take place. Whilst it is important to ponder and pray for a while, it is absolutely essential that you resolve and take action. Do not spend your life simply going over things again and again when you know you must choose and do what is required no matter how challenging and demanding. There is that precise and special moment when you must step out to perform, only then do you see the good consequences of your conclusion. Thankfully, with the help of the LORD, the Holy Spirit and good counsellors, you can be assisted in always doing what is good, right and best and come out delighted over the moves and action. May you be thus enabled everyday to decide and do what is God’s will.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Know therefore that Yahweh your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his
How long is a generation? Some say 40 years, others say 100 years. Whatever the number, multiply it by one thousand! Our God and Father promises to be faithful to His kids to a thousand generations! This promise encourages us to know that our God is faithful and that He will always keep his covenant of love and mercy…always!

Often the root of my struggles and anxieties are based on my difficulty to really believe this promise. Of course I know that God is faithful and that He is kind and merciful. But I believe that the understanding that I have of this promise has not fully possessed all my senses yet. If it did, I would never be anxious and I would never worry.

If you can identify with my own struggles, I want to encourage you. I believe that we are all on a journey of trust where God is convincing us more and more each day that He truly is trustworthy. I have heard this statement before, though I do not know its source… ‘The longest journey that a person can make is the 18″ journey from their head to their heart’.

I believe that we are being convinced more and more that God is faithful and merciful and kind, and that He keeps His covenant of kindness to a thousand generations. The more we believe this promise to be true, the more we will yield to His love in our hearts and rest in His goodness.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford

THE CHARIOT ROLLS ON

In the earliest days of the Christian Church believers could be counted – 120 (Acts 1:15), 3,000 (Acts 2:41), 5,000 (Acts 4:4). But growth was so rapid that numbers were swallowed up in terms like “numbers multiplied” (Acts 5:14, 6:7), “Churches . . . multiplied” (Acts 9:31) , “increased in number daily” (Acts 16:5). What an advance from digital reckoning to computer assessment.
Three reasons account for this.

First, they were full of life. Their new experience of God as evident in the joyful, almost frisky, activity. If a church s alive, it will grow. The life of-Christ, both in its quality and abundance, led to bounding experience. “Joy of the Lord” overflowed.

Secondly, they were fed. The Word of the Lord was multiplied (cf Acts 12:24, 19:20). Nourished on “all the counsel of God” (cf. Acts 20:27,28), they developed energies that were released in service. “The word of His grace” (Acts 20:32) not only builds up the Christian life, it nerves the saint for sanctified activity.

Thirdly, they were fired. The Holy Flame of Pentecost, like the fire of the Levitical altar, was never allowed to go out (Lev 6:12). Fed by holy devotion, the early Church continued to glow with sacred fire throughout the era of The Acts.
The chariot of God – “chariot of fire” – may still roll on if we let God have His way.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“If the Father deigns to touch with divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn and to make it burst forth from its prison walls, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man made in the image of his Creator?”– William Jennings Bryan

“Criticism is something you can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing” – Anonymous

“It is much easier to be critical than to be correct” – Disraeli

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE INEVITABILITY OF ACCOUNTABILITY – Thomas Addington

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing. whether it is good or evil” – Ecclesiastes12:14

Although we often think otherwise, there is no secret sin. On the flip side, neither does any good deed go unnoticed. We may rejoice in the erroneous assumption that nobody knows about our sinful attitudes and actions, and we may bemoan the fact that so many of the good things we do seem to be overlooked by others. But as Solomon concludes at the end of Ecclesiastes, God will judge every hidden deed—whether it’s good or evil.

In essence, there’s a good-news/bad-news aspect to every action we take. If it’s a good action, God notices and remembers, and someday we will be commended for it. If it’s a bad action, attitude, or behaviour, He notices that, too, and someday, He will call us into account for it. As 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “we [believers] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

The typical work environment offers plenty of opportunities for us to take advantage of the system or to compromise our integrity and ethics. But when we’re misusing corporate funds or engaging in questionable behaviour while on a business trip, we need to remember that the sovereign, omnipresent eye of God is never shut. God does not abide by any privacy laws; He’s always watching us.
Fortunately, God doesn’t just see us when we do something wrong. He also notices when we make a right decision or do a good deed that goes unnoticed by everyone else. We may not get a promotion or a bonus for such acts, at least not in this lifetime. But that doesn’t matter when we’re living life for an audience of One. He sees, He recognizes, and He will be the One Who says, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 2nd – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

One of the great, infinite attributes of the LORD is His mercy. He is outstandingly merciful. This really means to say – He is full and overflowing with loving-kindness to His creatures. All He desires and does is to grant His favour in so many ways every day. And this applies to you! He wants to manifest in a marked degree and measure His love which is to shown in glorious acts of kindness. The great thing is, as you also imbibe and manifest this quality of spirit in action so you shall have even greater evidences of His mercy. The promise is: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy” – Matt 5:7. So take a leaf out of His book, imbibe His nature and enjoy His loving-kindness in an abundant manner”!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

By Yahweh’s word, the heavens were made; all their army by the breath of his mouth” – Psalm 33:6

Our God and Father is so big that He created the heavens just by a word! He is so powerful that just a breath from His mouth caused all of the stars to come into being. When you think of this promise, take time to reflect on the bigness of our God!

So many times in the busyness of life, we get caught up in our own struggles and the mountains that we face on a daily basis. When I think of this promise, I gain a perspective that is greater than my own experience. Though the mountains in my life are big, my God is much bigger! Though there are times when I feel overwhelmed by the orphan world system that I live in, I am encouraged when I think about the greatness of our God!

He is so powerful that He simply took a breath and the stars came into being. If that is the case, then I know that He is strong enough to save you and me (Zephaniah 3:17). No matter how insurmountable your circumstances are today, be encouraged that the God who created the heavens and the earth is your Heavenly Dad.

He is for you, not against you. May God help each one of us to rest in the amazing knowledge of His greatness today and His promise to care for everyone who belongs to Him.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE GENETIC FALLACY

Since the discovery of DNA, that marvellous intricate system that patterns our lives, many claims have been extended as to the power of this genetic code.
Suggestions are made that what we have hitherto considered immoderate, and even immoral behaviour are merely molecular mishaps, therefore excusable.
This is nonsense, and makes a mockery of ethics, both natural and Biblical. Because I have a natural tendency does not mean I must indulge it. I can discipline myself.

It may surprise you to know that DNA is spoken of in the Bible: read Psalm 139:13-16. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . my substance curiously wrought . . . in Thy book all my members were written.” The language is not scientific, but who could have put it better?
In the same Psalm it says – “Search me . . . see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way” (vs 23,24). Genetics does not eliminate ethics. The grace of God can subdue and direct into ways of truth and righteousness all those innate energies of nature.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The man who covets is always poor” – Claudian

“Though the home is a palace, yet to a discontented mind it is a prison” -Henry

“Those that will not be content with their allotments shall not have the comfort of their achievements” – Henry

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor” – Seneca

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
IT ALL COMES BACK TO GOD – Thomas Addington

“New all have been heard;- here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, fbr this is the whale [duty] of man. Ecclesiates 12:13
Solomon has just written a book that is chock-full of weighty, often confusing information. He poses tough questions: Why is there corruption in the world? How can God allow evil? What should I do when there’s oppression? And he doesn’t provide many answers, except to say that God knows what’s going on and sooner or later, whoever does bad things is going to be called into account.

But in the end, Solomon does What any good teacher would do after a confusing, thought-provoking lecture—he sums it all up with one succinct statement. “In case you didn’t get it the first time,” he says, “here’s the essence: Fear God, and keep His commands. If you do that, you’ve done everything.”

If we’re wondering what to do with all the information we’ve absorbed as we’ve read Ecclesiastes, this passage leaves no doubt. We are to focus on the person of God and on the content of His Word. That is our whole duty. It’s not part of the answer. It is the answer. These words and God’s person ‘give us the answer to the meaning of life and the context in which to understand what happens in life.

One of Stephen Covey’s “seven habits for highly eflfective people” is to “start with the end in mind.” The Book of Ecclesiastes might have looked very different if Solomon had done that. Since he didn’t, he resorts to warning us not to make the same mistake. Our duty, he tells us, is to start with the end in mind. Don’t do every- thing else and then realize you need to fear God. Fear God, and then everything else will fall into place.

Or are you making the same mistake Solomon made? If so, reverse your course today. Do your God-ordained duty: Fear Him and keep His commandments.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 1st- 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The reason why you were ‘born of the Spirit’ and ‘baptized in the Spirit’ is that you may learn to live by divine inspiration. The Christian life has to be outlived and work through the daily input and breath of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead. He comes inside and alongside to give the required strength, will and ability to live in a heavenly fashion and function in a manner that accord with what your LORD has designed. It is not left to the old wit and will to out-work but a there is a radical dynamic of heaven now aboard your being to enable you to act and move in a gracious and glorious measure. Your need is simply to wait on Him daily and receive constantly His inflow and allow Him to dictate both life and proceedings and see the difference He makes. The Holy Spirit is not a truth and doctrine simply to be known: He is to be experience in His fullness!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God,
you may receive the promise” – Hebrews 10:36

The KJV Bible says that we need patience, the NLT Bible says that we need patient endurance. The NIV Bible says that we need to persevere. In Hebrews 12:1-2, we are called to run the race uniquely marked out for each one of us. In light of eternity, it might be just a sprint. However, in the grind of daily life, it mostly feels like a marathon race that we are running.

That is why the writer of Hebrews encourages us to keep on persisting to do the will of God in order that we might receive all that He has promised. We know that we could never do anything to earn or deserve the free gift of grace that God has given us in Jesus Christ. So I do not believe that this Scripture is referring to self effort or human works.

Jesus told us that the work that God requires is that we believe on the One He sent. I believe that God is saying that if we will just believe in Him and obey His leading, that we will receive all that He has promised in His Word. So don’t lose hope, don’t give up! God’s promise is true for both me and you! Keep running your race!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
HOT-AIR BALLOONS

The park near where l lived was a lifting-off point for hot-air balloons. As l watched the process of preparation I saw a large inert mass of material stretched out on the grass. Then fire was directed through an orifice into this lifeless form. Gradually it filled up with hot air, and was soon a living orb straining at its guy ropes. It was released, it rose with its basket into the sky – a majestic sight.
Is this how a Christian should be? In ourselves we are earth-bound, tied by gravity and nature to these lower regions. We need something to lift us, to break the laws of nature. We may have it. “Be filled with the Spirit” wrote Paul (Eph 5:18), the result is that we soar into a new experience of life. We see things from a different angle, we do things from a different motive, we enjoy things in a fuller way.

Our spiritual life is exhilarated, our life becomes filled with holy melody. It transforms our worship, it enhances our domestic relations, it helps us to fulfil our social duties with joy and gladness, it lifts us above earthly woes.
But the balloon is only kept aloft by continuous supplies of that which lifted it up. So we must be continually filled.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue” – French Proverb

“Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.” -Emerson

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT

THE SOONER THE BETTER – Thomas Addington

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, hefore the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them. ”. .Remember him—before the silver cord is severed or the golden howl is broken . . . and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” – Ecclesiastes 12:1; 6-7 .

Solomon begins the final chapter of Ecclesiastes by telling us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth-—before our lives become complicated, before we experience great amounts of trouble, before our bodies wear out, before we die.
In a nutshell, this is a purpose statement for the first half of life. Remember God now. Don’t wait until you’re calloused and cynical about life. Don’t wait until your teeth fall out and your eyes grow dim. Do it now.

Solomon seems to imply that as We get older, we get distracted by other things. Growing a career, starting a family, building a business, dealing with the trials of life—-all of these can consume our attention to a degree that makes it difficult to remember our Creator like we could when we were younger.

At the same time, the older we get, the more we begin to experience a lack of fulfilment from all the things life has to offer. The older we get, the more we begin to realize that wealth, wine, pleasure—-everything Solomon talks about in Ecclesiastes-—will not satisfy. Whether we ever realize it or not, the only way we can find true fulfilment is through a genuine, vibrant relationship with our Creator.

What the prime of my youth is long past? you might be thinking. Is it too late for me to remember my Creator? No, as long as you’re still alive, it’s never too late. But don’t put it off any longer because you never know when the silver cord of your life will be severed.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 30th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

One of the titles given to Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protectorate. This really can only be ascribed to the LORD who is precisely this to you in this life and for eternity. He it is that is committed to the safety and well being of you at all times and He is up to every occasion and any evil that would seek to waylay you. Really, you have naught to fear because He is forever diligent, does not need to close His eyes or go to sleep, He has all-power to cope with any threat that is focused on you and He will let no-one and nothing harm, in any way. David was conscious of this when he wrote Psalm 23 because he affirmed: “I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me”. Learn to live in the awareness that throughout your every day living He is your LORD Protectorate. For good measure and inspiration for a confidence booster, read Psalm 121.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day;
and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing” – 2 Timothy 4: 8

The Apostle Paul is nearing the end of his life when he makes reference to his spiritual son, Timothy. He boldly proclaims that there is a crown of life/righteousness that is stored up in heaven for him that God Himself will place on his head on that special day.

He also says that there is not only a crown waiting for himself, but for all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to His appearing. That makes me wonder if there is a literal crown prepared for each one of us that is in some heavenly storage case waiting to be presented on the day of Christ’s appearing.

It is comforting for me to know that one day, I will stand before my God and Father and beside my elder brother, Jesus Christ, when the crowns will be handed out. Imagine what it will feel like to have the King of kings place a crown on your head that will never fade!

While I have no ability to process such a glorious thought, it does cause my spirit to rise up in anticipation for that amazing day.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
UPSIDE DOWNNESS

Isaiah chided Israel with perverting truth. “You turn things upside down,” he wrote, “as if the potter were thought to be the clay” (Isa 29:16 NIV).
Do we not see this today in much of Christendom? Things are upside down:-
When experience takes precedence over the word of God, when deeds direct doctrine, when systems outweigh Scripture. It is good to “taste and see that the Lord is gracious” – but He is gracious whether we taste or not. Priority belongs to the Bible: the final arbiter is the inspired Word.

When finance becomes more important than faith. “Silver and gold have I none,” said Peter (Acts 3:6). The Church started with an empty purse – but a mighty faith. If we believed more we would need to beg less.
When we let the world set our agenda. Yes, we must adjust some things to current culture, but the will of God must take precedence to the whims of the times. “Be not conformed to this world” (Rom 12:2). The modem age must not direct us, nor even a former age control us.

Whether it be tradition or fashion, nothing must supersede God’s revealed will. The apostles were described as “These that have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Actually, they simply sought to put it right-side up. That is what the Gospel does. When we accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord, our concept of right and wrong is often reversed – and revived.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Often the test of courage is not to die but to live” – Alfieri

“The integrating strength that causes one to overcome tragedy” – Brussell

“Have courage for the great sorrow of life, and patience for the smaller ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake” –Victor Hugo

“Knowing what not to fear” – Plato

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage” – Seneca

“Being scared to death-and saddling up anyway” – Wayne

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT LIVE ADVENTURE . Thomas Addington

“Be happy young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and The evidence indicates that Solomon probably addressed the Book of Ecclesiastes to up-and-coming leaders near the beginning of their careers. In that context, he has a simple suggestion: “Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).

In our culture, an unsettledness regarding career options is prevalent. People often look around and ask the question, “What should I be doing?” They’re constantly questioning their calling and wondering if they should change jobs. Such concerns frequently arise among professionals in certain age groups, particularly those who are just beginning their careers and those who are in the middle of their careers.

These questions are never articulated by people who feel they are following their dreams. Rather, they are asked by those who are in one career context but would rather be doing something else. Should I begin my own business? Should I switch to a non-profit? Should I move over to that corporation where 1 could occupy that position? If I move from here to there, I will take on more risk. The results will be more uncertain. What should I do?

Solomon’s- advice? Live the adventure and do what your heart desires. Simply remember in the process that whatever you do will be evaluated by God. So make sure that the choices you make regarding your career are honouring to Him. Would you feel good about standing before God and explaining your rationale for what you are thinking of doing? If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate to pursue it. If the answer is no, put it out of your mind immediately.

Life is a fantastic adventure. Enjoy every hour of it. Take risks. Follow your heart. Let your creativity take over. Just make sure in everything you do to stay inside God’s boundaries. Someday you’ll have the opportunity to explain things to Him face to face.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 29th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The LORD is not only your great Creator; He is your constant Renewer. He has the power to come to you when you are fatigued, weary, spiritually and physically drained and by His Spirit and Word infuse new life and energy that will transform your state. It does not matter how far gone you are, how much you may sense your weakness and weariness, in a moment, as you are prepared to look to and wait on Him He will make His presence and promise good. The prophetic word can be relied upon: “He gives power to the weak and to them that have no might He increaseth strength . . . They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” – Isaiah 40: 29-31.. How about that then? Get your renewal today!!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” – 2 Tim 4: 18

Paul the Apostle, was writing to his spiritual son, Timothy, when he made this reference. We know from the telling of Paul’s life in the Bible that his life was difficult. He was stoned, beaten, ship wrecked, imprisoned and persecuted at every turn.

I am sure there were times where he struggled with discouragement. But even through the darkest moments, we do know that he eventually came to a place where he declared in Romans 8:38 that nothing on earth or in heaven, could ever separate him from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

From what I understand, this letter to Timothy was near the end of Paul’s life and he was already looking towards his eternal home in heaven. Praise God for his declaration that the Lord would rescue him from evil and safely deliver him into an everlasting kingdom where there would be no more pain or suffering.

Praise God for this promise! No matter what trials you are suffering at this moment, you can rest assured that our God and Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ will rescue you and safely deliver you into an amazing, everlasting kingdom.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
RAINLESS CLOUDS –  Jude 12

Clouds may take various forms – the high and horizontal STRATUS, the glowing halo of NIMBUS, or the thundery darkness of CUMULUS – but all are linked with moisture and the possibility of its precipitation in rain: God’s method of irrigation.
Clouds are part of the meteorological cycle that sustains nature (cf Eccles 1:3-7). Sun draws up moisture from the sea; ind drives the clouds thus formed over the land to be deposited in refreshing rain, rain flows in streams and rivers to the ocean whence it came – the cycle is complete. But what a vital contribution to earth’s ecology!

So spiritually, the sun of God’s love, the wind of God’s Spirit combine to send blessings to men. Our heartfelt response in praise and thanksgiving complete the cycle of divine purpose.

But “clouds without water” are not only a disappointment, they are an anomaly. Clouds are meant to be vessels of blessing. But Jude speaks of certain intruders into early Church fellowship who made a profession of faith, but ministered nothing good. They made a show of piety, but all they did was to darken the sky, hiding the light of God’s Truth, empty shams, rainless clouds.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“O Lord, convert the world – and begin with me” – A Chinese student’s prayer

“Conversion is but the first step in the divine life. As long as we live we should more and more be turning from all that is evil, and to all that is good” – Edwards

“Conversion is separating ourselves from the course and custom of this world, and devoting ourselves to the conduct of the word of God” – Henry

“Walk by new rules, towards new ends, from new principles. Make a new choice of the way. Choose new paths to walk in, new leaders to walk after, new companions to walk with. Old things should pass away, and all things become new. The man is what he was not, does what he did not” – Henry

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
LIVE JOYFULLY, BUT D0N’T FORGET THE TIMES OF TRIAL – Thomas Addington

“However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will he many. Everything to come is meaningless” – Ecclesiastes 11:8

One of the most unusual aspects about Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s constant admonition to live in joy while not forgetting parts of life that are less pleasant. He does that again in these verses. “Enjoy all the years you have left,” he says, “but not without stopping every now and then to remember the hard times you’ve been through in your life.”

Ecclesiastes is a present-tense book. Solomon constantly asks us to enjoy the current season of life we’re in and the current job we have because, as he points out again and again, we just don’t know what tomorrow may hold. In saying that,

Solomon does not ignore the future, nor does he discount the past. He simply makes it clear that our goal in life is to enjoy the present. What’s done is done. V/hat’s to come will come soon enough, and it may be more pleasant or less pleasant than what we’re currently experiencing. But in either case, the focus of our time is now.

That in no way means that we should forget the past—-if we did that, we’d miss out on valuable lessons we learned during difficult times. Nor does it mean that we should not have an eye toward the future. Solomon frequently says that what we do today will be looked at by God in the future. Therefore, we have to make sure that our current activity aligns with His plan and His thinking.

The New Testament states that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow because it has enough troubles of its own (Matthew 6:34). In other words, we don’t need to live in the future or in the past.

Have you been living in the ‘past? Then begin to live in the present and learn to enjoy life today.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 28th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

Do not be intimidated by anyone or anything today because the LORD your GOD is with you to strengthen and impart the faith and courage to deal with all. He who fortified Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses etc, is alongside of you to enable to more than cope with everyone and everything He inspires with His promises and Holy Spirit so that you can stand fearless and overcome all, so the next hours you will record choice victories and be able to magnify Him who has wrought with you. The opportunity to prove Him and your own worth in and through Him is before you, so make full use of the time and circumstances so that history will register this has been a day of personal triumph. He rejoices with you as you make good His immense resources.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God’s will remains forever.” – 1 John 2:27

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!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THREE LOOKS

The Christology of Hebrews is superb. No other New Testament scribe speaks so fully and so nobly of Jesus – the God-Man. Three times we are exhorted to look to Him.

In Hebrews 2:9 we see Jesus factually. Where Adam failed, our Lord triumphed. As we gaze upon Him “crowned with glory and honour’, we see the divine fulfilment of what God intended the human race to be. Redemption iIn Hebrews 9:28 we see Jesus forwardly. He came once to save our souls from sin, “unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”Our present experience is to be saved from sin‘s PENALTY and POWER; then we shall be saved from its very PRESENCE.

In Hebrews 12:2 we see Jesus focally. The Greek word translated “looking” means “to look away, fix one’s eyes trustingly on someone”. It is as we focus our gaze on Jesus, turning our eyes from surrounding circumstances to Him, that we can run the Christian race – and obtain the prize of etemal salvation. So keep on looking, brother, to Jesus.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Debate is masculine; conversation is feminine” – Alcott

“Silence is one great art of conversation” – Hazlitt

“The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humour, and the fourth wit” – Temple

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
DON’T BE SWAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES– Thomas Addiongton

“If clouds are fall of water; they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” – Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

Stuff happens, or so the saying goes. Sometimes the stuff that happens is profound and full of meaning. Other times it’s just another tree falling in another forest. But regardless of its meaning or significance, stuff does happen. The real question is this: What are you going to do about it? This question is easy to answer when the situation is clear and the direction unequivocal. But what about other times—when the sky grows dim and the winds swirl, when the signals are mixed and the outcome is ambiguous?

The wrong time to shore up your foundation is after the storm hits. That’s the time to hunker down, focus in, and wait it out.

There is work to be done while the sun is shining. Are you making preparations? Preparations for what? you ask. For the storm. Calm days provide the best time to dig deeper, to reinforce the walls, and to repair the cracks in the foundation. Are you anchoring your heart in God? Are you fine-tuning your ears to hear Him better? Are you learning——studying—the sound of His voice? There will come a day when the wind will blow so strong that you cannot hear yourself think, let alone discern His voice.

If we do not know our course, our direction, or our instructions, we will be tossed about on the waves like a ship without a rudder. But if we are secure in Him, then we can ride out any storm of circumstance in peace and assurance.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 27th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The most secure and assured place for you to live is found in the words of the psalmist –“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY”- Psalm 90: 1. There is no doubt about it; He is more than able to look after those who choose to live under His wing and covering. In a world that is full of conflict, chaos and confusion there is someone you can retreat to and discover that He can relieve of all anxiety and stress. He is as His name declares – “THE ALMIGHTY”. So instead of trying to live by your own wits and meagre resources or looking to the world, in which you reside for assistance, know that the LORD is well able to offer full and complete protection now and eternally. It calls for your complete love, faith and obedience, so you will discover that He will not uphold but minister to you of His grace and favour under His wings.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord” – 2 Cor 5:8

I am so glad that Paul the Apostle made this declaration that reveals a very special promise from God… To be absent from our body is to be present with the Lord! He promises to never leave us or forsake us in this world, and when it is time for us to leave this world, we are with Him forever!

Hebrews 12:1 says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us that are cheering us on in our race. One day, we will be joined with Jesus, in eternal glory, and will echo the same cheers that the great cloud of witnesses voice today. Hallelujah that death has lost its sting! Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. When we are absent from our body, we will be at home in our Papa God’s presence.

This promise is very comforting for me and the thought of my loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord already. My prayer today is that everyone who reads this promise today will be comforted in knowing that all those who hope in Christ have this promise of eternal life.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE AGE OF NOISE

Aldous Auxley once commented: “The twentieth century is among other things the ‘Age of Noise’. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire . . . All the resources of our miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence.”

Unwanted noise, often merely a cacophony of senseless sound, is an assault on our privacy. Homes are no longer a sanctuary; they have become a sounding board for raucous music. Even churches are no longer an escape from the clashing cymbals of pop-designer music. Public address systems magnify often unwanted noise-forms into our worship. Why all this thunder of sound?

First, the devil does not want us to think. If he can fill our ears with ballad and chorus, he can close it to “the still small voice” of deeper and loftier things. Read 1 Kings 19:12; Psalm 104:34.

Secondly, human nature does not pause to think. To a quiet mind comes unsolvable problems: the world has gone mad, what can l do about it? Nothing! – so shut it out. But noise not only damages hearing, it deadens oursensibilities and dulls our thinking.

Christians must ever find a quiet comer in which to listen to God.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are” – Mackintosh

“He is well paid that is well satisfied” – Shakespeare

“You say, “If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.” You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled” – Spurgeon

“A man’s contentment is in his mind, not in the extent of his possessions.” -Spurgeon

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT DON’T ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU THINK – Thomas Addington

“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say” – Ecclesiastes 10:20

We’ve all had experiences in which we said something we really felt, only to find out later that it was passed on to someone we never intended to hear it. It’s an entirely natural impulse to give voioe to our thoughts about other people and their actions. Something in us wants our thoughts to have verbal expression. We simply enjoy talking about our opinions of other people.

The only trouble is that sometimes when we express our opinions, the expression does not end when we stop talking. In one form or another, it gets passed on to someone else. This is a great risk, especially with our growing dependence on e-mail and other forms of electronic communication. .

But this problem isn’t new. It didn’t just surface with the new economy. According to Solomon, we need to be careful to not revile our leaders or curse the rich because a “bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say” (Ecclesiastes 10:20). Even when we think we are being especially careful, our opinions may find expression in ways that would horrify us. We say in retrospect, “I never would have said that if I had any idea that person would find out what I was thinking.”

For Solomon, keeping quiet is another manifestation of someone who is wise. If the fool multiplies his words (Ecclesiastes 10:14), then the wise man watches his very carefully. In this case, when the words you want to say involve someone who is not in the room and whose presence would cause you not to say what you’re thinking, then it’s best to simply keep your mouth shut. In fact, Solomon says that we shouldn’t even think such thoughts. And if we shouldn’t think them, we certainly should be very careful about saying them. You just never know when and where that information will resurface.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 26th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 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 Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotations and 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 PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

He who has called you to be and to do is the One that is with you to supply all the spiritual requirements to attain a great, quality character and to do things that are beyond the ordinary. Of course, you will be able to perform readily the natural demands each day but He is alongside to bring about the extra in and through you. So do not settle for less than what He has in mind for you. Daily faith and living is purposed to open you up and out into a very full, meaningful, profitable and pleasurable existence and experience. His summons therefore is to an ever-increasing expression of Himself and all His immense resources are immediately at hand to accomplish such. Be encouraged by what He has wrought through others who seemed to be nobodies, but made them into people of outstanding worth. He will do the same for you as you allow Him.

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!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
BUBBLES

Paul warned his converts of the force of “philosophy and vain deceit” by which their minds could be assaulted and their lives become a prey to “intellectualism or high-sounding nonsense” (Col 2:3, J B Phillips). The Greek for “vain” is Kenos, meaning “empty”. Much of human philosophy is like a bubble, attractive but empty, beautiful but liable to burst.

Millai’s famous picture of his grandson blowing bubbles later used as an advert for Pear’s soap) is pretty, but conveys the concept of childhood dreams that are pretty but ephemeral.

Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” gives us a more sinister portrait of “bubble-mindedness”. An old man is grasping at a pretty bubble, while a golden crown is just above his head.

To young and old are presented ideas that are attractive but empty. Man’s concept of beauty and goodness fall short of divine truth. Yet again and again the human mind prefers man’s fumblings to God’s realities.

In a day of many superficial dogmas and phrenetic ideas, we need to discover and dwell on the wholesome and soul- building truth revealed in the Scriptures, the inspired and profitable Word of God (2 Tim 3:16,17).

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it” – Chesterton

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another” – Condorcet

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed” – Gandhi

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness” – Gladstone

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WISE WORDS – Thomas Addington

“Words from a wise man are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. At the beginning his words are folly, at the end they are wicked madness-—and the fool

It is amazing how much people love to talk about themselves. Sit next to the typical person at a business lunch or around the conference table before a meeting starts, and he will almost always direct conversation to what he thinks, what he likes, what he did, or what he accomplished. Seldom does anyone show any interest in asking about you. In fact, sometimes the conversations are so one-sided they are almost comical. It doesn’t matter how long the two of you talk—you get the feeling that if you extended the conversation another four days, the topic would never change.
One of the things that distinguish a wise person from a foolish person is the extent to which he talks about himself and whether his conversations have substance.

Solomon says that “the fool multiplies words” (Ecclesiastes 10:14). In other words, foolish individuals talk a lot but don’t necessarily say very much in the process. They offer long explanations without answering any questions. They sometimes talk just for the sake of speaking. While their words might be eloquent, when the whole conversation is over and you have time to reflect, you’re really not sure that they said anything of substance.

In contrast, words that come from a wise man are gracious words. They are courteous and thoughtful. They are logical and shed light on a situation. A wise man may not speak as often or use as many words as someone else, but the words he does say have real impact. People can’t deny their power and the advice that they represent. It takes very few wise words to completely silence the many words of a fool.

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