welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 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

Learn to be wise, seeking knowledge and understanding that will develop your character and service and so enhance your usefulness and worth. You can rely on your LORD, as you seek Him, because He is the Fountain-Head of all that is right, good and best. He affords the finest counsel that is able to save you from many pitfalls and disaster but to educate and promote you and keep you in a secure position. Those who have looked to Him in the past and have received and taken note of His instruction, they have been blessed and benefited not only themselves but the day and generation in which you lived. So today, the LORD is at hand to give you revelation that is clear and simple and that will enrich you and all who you associate with.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?\” –Matt 6:25,26

This is a relatively short promise compared to the lengthy corresponding Bible text. But if you look at the simple message that Jesus is saying, the promise is short and sweet. When I was growing up, I was taught that worry was a sign of being responsible. If I didn’t worry, then I didn’t care.

As I get older, I am learning that many of the things that I was told were actually not the truth. Worry is not helpful to us. Worry is not a sign of responsibility. While worry cannot extend our lives, studies show that it can shorten our lives because over 70% of illnesses are stress related. This only goes to show that our bodies were not created to deal with a lot of stress.

Jesus encourages us to ‘take no thought for our life’…period. The reason we don’t have to worry is because we have a Father in heaven who has promised to take care of us all of the days of our lives. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells how His Father cares for the birds of the air who do not sow or reap or store into barns. He then asks the question… How much more valuable are you than the birds?

Worry is a sign that we are not yet convinced of our value to God. Don’t worry about how much you worry though! Just ask God to give you a deeper revelation of your worth to Him. Fathers provide for their children. Children don’t have to beg for their provision, they can just rest in the knowledge that they are being cared for by a loving Dad. Don’t worry… God will take care of you!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
SPIRITUAL MYOPIA

Short-sightedness can impair vision, both in the natural and spiritual realms. Peter speaks of those who, failing to develop their spiritual lives become myopic. They “cannot see afar off” (2 Peter 1:9). This defective vision applies three ways.

Backward — having “forgotten that he was purged from his old sins”. To forget “the pit when we were digged” is to lose any sense of gratitude for the grace that saved us. Paul never forgot the time when Jesus met him on the Damascus road. Neither should we forget our beginnings.

Inward — myopics find it difficult to focus on near things, their peripheral vision is often misty. lf our spiritual vision is well-focused we will understand God’s present dealings and his ways. They may be “past finding out”, but we will see the outline with clarify, and grasp His purposes.

Forward -the short-sighted person is blind to distant vision; even so, the spiritual myopic loses his grip on the Bible revelation of things to come. Eschatology, the doctrine of the last things, becomes a vague hope rather than a living expectation – the “now-world” takes precedence.

Jesus exhorted the “blind” Laodiceans to “anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see” (Rev. 3:18). Our heavenly Optician can not only diagnose our complaint, he can cure it. Come to Him and your vision can be restored.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now” – Gilman

“very natural longing has its natural satisfaction. If we thirst, God has created liquids to gratify thirst. If we are susceptible of attachment, there are beings to gratify the love. If we thirst for life and love eternal, it is likely that there are an eternal life and an eternal love to satisfy that craving” -Robertson

“Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal” – Royden

“hat only is worth my having which I can have forever. That only is worth my grasping which death cannot tear out of my hand” – Spurgeon

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE WISE AND OTHERWISE (PART ONE) – Thomas Addington

“Who is wise and understanding among you? James 3:13

What is wisdom? Is it the ability to think on your feet, answer clever riddles, and handle hard questions? Is it being street-smart? Is it being able to read people easily? Is it raw intelligence or academic book knowledge? Is it the ability to roll Mark Twain like proverbs off the tip of your tongue?

The answer, according to Scripture, is none of the above. In God’s view, wisdom is relational. It’s about relationships, not about intelligence. .

James explains that wisdom can be either authentic or counterfeit. Like so many other godly traits, there is a counterfeit that often appears alongside the genuine article. The counterfeit of faith is presumption. The counterfeit of humility is false humility and self-deprecation. The counterfeit of confidence is self-driven pride. And the counterfeit of wisdom is envy and selfish ambition.
Read what James to say about that: “But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:14-17).

Examine your heart. Does the wisdom you possess come from heaven, or is it counterfeit?

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 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

In your relationship with God and in the exercising of your life and ministry, you need to be spiritually strong in order to receive from Him and to exhibit His energy and potency. He is able to impart might and vigour so that you are more than sufficient to deal with all that you are to encounter today. Instead of feeling a sense of totally inadequacy and ineptitude, you are to know that you are altogether capable of answering all, whoever and whatever. In a humble fashion you are able, like a David, to master any giant that would intimidate. Instead of being a victim you are the victor and are able to declare the One who caused such to be so. Today your testimony is to be, that ‘when you were weak you became strong’. You were in a position to bring about resounding triumph and so glorify your LORD in a magnificent way.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me” –Psalm 86: 7

Jesus told us that in the world, we would have trouble. He went on to encourage us that we could be cheerful because He had overcome the world. In this Psalm, David is calling out to God to help him. David is aware of the many promises that God made to Israel and was confident that when trouble came, God would answer him.

Sometimes I think that God is there for the really big problems, but He is leaving me to my own resources for the little problems that pop up in every day life. I believe that God is ready, willing and able to help me in whatever problems I face today. Big or small. He promised to be a Father to me (2 Corinthians 6:18) and fathers are there for their children all the time.

Whatever trouble you might face today, be encouraged in knowing that when problems do arise, you can call out to your Heavenly Father and He will answer you.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
VANTAGE POINT
Deut 34:1 -7

From the top of Pisgah Moses viewed the Promised Land. In the clear air he saw as far as the Mediterranean Sea, taking in his panoramic scope of vision the hills and plains of this “land of milk and honey”.

But, alas, he would not enter this Holy Land (at least, not in this life). First, he had fatally flawed his hopes by a temporary lapse, secondly, God’s holiness must be honoured. Even spiritual leaders are not exempt from discipline when they let God down.

However, “mercy rejoiced against justice” when nearly 1,500 years later, Moses appeared with Elijah as they met Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
But may we not be granted vantage points in our Christian experience? Moses was 120 years old before Canaan was spread before him like a living atlas. How much better when youth sees “the Promised Land” in spiritual vision. What prospects lie before us as we consider the possibilities outlined in Holy Scripture! The Bible presents to all believers – young and old – a picture of sublime possessions. Treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in Christ, priceless blessings are available to faith and glorious prospects to hope. When we become sons of Godm by faith in Christ, “all things are ours”,

We need not wait, for our Lord has made all this available. But we must needs ascend our “Pisgah”. The discipline of discipleship will lift us to a vantage point from which we can see the fullness of our salvation.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The whole purpose of life in time is to gain merit for life in eternity” – St. Augustine

“The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity” – Browne

“He who has no vision of eternity has no hold on time” – Carlyle

“Eternity looks grander and kinder if time grows meaner and more hostile” -Carlyle

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE POWER OF PERSONAL ETHIC – Thomas Addington

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” – James 3:13

The power of one good deed is hard to measure.

Jesus explored this idea in what we have come to know as the Sermon on the Mount. He urged his followers to spread their influence by sewing as “salt” and “light” in a dark world. “In the same way,” He told them, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

We must be careful not to misinterpret Jesus’ words as “works theology” or a “social gospel.” It is neither. He is discussing influence, not salvation; and He is making the point that the greatest instrument of influence to another individual is personal, ethical behaviour.

In the Greek language, there are two words for good. Agathos denotes high quality, and kalas means that something is not only good in quality, but also is winsome, beautiful, and attractive. This goodness has a magnetic appeal to it. It invites people to participate. That is what a good life does.

No matter our age, spiritual maturity, or situation in life, continually stand at the intersection of right and wrong. Sometimes our decisions are private; sometimes they are public. But they are always individual choices. Choosing the right thing, over and over, results in the power of one—one individual demonstrating good deeds and-personal ethic to a dark and questioning world.

The marketplace is an ideal place for followers of Christ to use their personal ethic to spread godly influence. W/hen one employee continually makes ethically correct decisions at work, it isn’t going to automatically triple the company’s stock, nor is it going to turn the work-week into a time, the practice of individual ethics will have an impact. It will make a difference.

It will provide salt to create thirst in unbelievers and release light to a paralyzed, dark world. Doing the right thing is a raw demonstration of goodness.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 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

In the course of life you have made many mistakes which to you are regrettable. Be sure of this, the LORD that you love and serve freely and fully forgives such, and your sins, so that you can move on and not in the memory of failure. By His wisdom and enabling you can greatly learn from these factors and move on to being someone bigger and better and do something bigger and better. Do not become hamstrung to anyone or anything that has beset you of a negative order. Be one with the people around you and with your LORD and live ever learning and discovering you can expand in your gift and calling and be taught even in those negative things that have happened. Forgive yourself and others, seek the forgiveness and good-will of others and life will open to you in a blessed manner.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as Yahweh our God is whenever we call on him?” – Deut 4: 7

In this particular Bible verse, the nation of Israel is marvelling that there is no other nation on the earth that has a God that is so close to them that He is near whenever they cry out. What an advantage over every other nation of the day! They worshipped a God who was near and attentive to the cries of His people.
And that was the Old Covenant relationship with God. In the New Covenant, God is even closer! He lives within those who have accepted the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are the very temple of the living God! He is closer to each one of us than we could possibly imagine.

My prayer today is that each one of us would be aware of the tangible presence that dwells within us and that we would know that our God is really close to us when we cry out to Him.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
LET THE MASTER TAKE OVER

Beethoven, out walking one day, heard his “Moonlight Sonata” being pounded out on an old piano. He looked through the open door of the cottage and saw a blind girl trying to finger this wonderful melody. He tapped the door, walked in – “Move up“, he said, “let me have a go”; and played as only he could His own composition.
“Marvellous!” said the enraptured maiden. “The master himself could not have done better!” “I am the master’, said Beethoven, and quietly slid away.

We sometimes fumble our way in our endeavour to live the Christian life. But often it doesn’t sound right. What should be melody seems tuneless. What shall we do? St. Paul found a better way. He said, “l live, yet not l, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal 2:20). What human nature could not produce, the life of Christ could. As he yielded himself by faith to a living Lord, the harmonies of spiritual life became possible.
Even so we may find melody and harmony. The “score” of holy living may seem difficult to interpret in the music of godly experience, but if we let the Master take over it can be done.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The cautious seldom err.” – Confucius

“All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it” – Locke

“Nature does not require that we be perfect; it requires only that we grow, and we can do this as well from a mistake as from a success” -May

“To err is human, to forgive divine” – Pope

“From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own” – Syrus

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
TAMING THE WILDEST OF BEASTS – Thomas Addington

“All kinds of animals . . . have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue” – James 3:7-8

So many things in God’s creation lead us to curiosity, fascination, even awe. For example, have you ever been to Sea World, the circus, or a zoo? It is amazing to observe a huge whale escorting a trainer across the pool, a Siberian tiger jumping through hoops, or an enormous elephant walking on its back legs.
Our ability to tame and train wild animals is amazing. But there is one beast that none of us can train alone, no matter how hard we try. That beast is the tongue. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness,” James writes. “Gut of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be” flames 3:9—l0).

The tongue is the great betrayer. It relentlessly tells others what is going on inside of us. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus says, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” In some ways, to tame the tongue is to tame the heart. A change of heart promises the possibility of a change of speech.

A friend once said, “Whatever is in us comes out when we are squeezed.” If envy, anger, deception, or arrogance is in our hearts, it will come out when we are squeezed. On the other hand, if our hearts are full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control, those, too, will come out when we’re under pressure.

All real speech therapy must start with heart training. And heart training is best achieved under the guidance of the Master heart surgeon, Jesus. Concentrate on this prayer today: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
What comes out when you are squeezed by the trials and pressures you face at work?

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 25th – 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

Because you belong to Him, through the great work of salvation and regeneration by His Spirit and Word, your Father is committed to being with and favouring you whilst you are on earth. Now that you have this close and unique accord, you can draw upon Himself and all that belongs to Him to enable you to live a very beautiful life and perform a dynamic service. There is no telling what He wants to do in and through you in order that you may achieve some praiseworthy goals and sense inward satisfaction in what are you are doing. Life and work are to be neither drab nor a drag but a delight and produce lasting qualities that will benefit you and His kingdom in the coming eternal ages. So have a very blessed day!!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His – Hebrews 4: 9-10

One thing that marks the orphan world system that we live in is the absence of the ability to rest. Busy, busy, busy. There is so much to do in too little time to do it. Rushing from work to home, rushing from home to work. Rushing to do the groceries, driving the kids to sports, going to church, etc. Throw in the thousands of media messages that we all get bombarded with every day. Busy, busy, busy.

It is exhausting just thinking about it. God is calling each one of us into a deep Sabbath rest in the very core of our being. While on the outside this might appear like pure inactivity and therefore unproductive, I believe the very opposite is true. When we allow ourselves to come into a place in our hearts where we cease from our own works, we are demonstrating in a very practical way that we are relying on God to work on our behalf.

This very real form of trust moves the heart of our heavenly Dad in a way that nothing else can. As long as we try to do all the work ourselves, carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, we will be trying to do the work in our own strength. When we come to a place where we can slow down in our hearts and quiet the busyness that resides in the depths of our soul, we will find the Prince of Peace waiting for us to join Him.

Sure work needs to get done, groceries need to get bought, kids need to be driven to their various activities. But I believe it is our Papa’s heart that we enter into a deep Sabbath rest in our hearts where we cease from all our own striving and join Him in His rest. May God give each one of us wisdom today to show us how we can labor to enter into that place of rest.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
CRACKED – BUT USEFUL

The most popular, and best known of all bells must be “BlG BEN”, the hour-bell of the clock of Westminster Houses of Parliament. “Sir Benjamin Hall, who had charge of the building project, addressed parliament in a rambling search for a name for the bell. A bored waggish member shouted out “Call it Big Ben, and have done with it!” The house rocked with laughter. The name stuck.

Soon after the bell was cast in 1858 it cracked, causing a shrill, unpleasant tone when it was struck. The crack was filled and smoothed down, leaving “Big Ben” with a distinct quality of sound that was unique. It’s chimes have become familiar the world over. None other could take its place in the affections of the British race.
You don’t have to be perfect to be useful. “But we have this treasure (that is, the joy and light of the Gospel) in earthen vessels” (2 Cor 4:7). God uses human-nature, with all its foibles, faults and frailty, to perfect his saving plans. He could have selected angels – in fact, He has done on special occasions – but has decided to employ men to reach men. How wise! Angels would scare us, but fellow- man, whose lives are changed by God, can woo us to the Lord. The very fact that they are of us is an effective starting point.

And when God wished to effect His Redemptive Plan, He sent His Son, “made of a woman” (Gal 4:4). He “became flesh and dwelt among us” – He is one of us, He became a Son of Man that we, by His grace and mercy, might become Sons of God.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors. -Henry Becque

“Equal rights for all, special privileges for none” – Jefferson

“The Lord so constituted everybody that no matter what color you are you require the same amount of food” – Will Rogers

“Let’s go hand in hand, not one before another” – Shakespeare

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE TONGUE: SMALL MUSCLE, BIG FORCE – Thomas Addington

“The tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts” – James 3:5
“Nowhere in Scripture is there a more focused and magnified look at the tongue than in James 3. But although James frequently refers to the two-ounce muscle we know as the tongue, he’s not engaging in an anatomical discourse. Rather, his emphasis is on self-control in the area of our speech.

James makes it clear that one single word can carry a lifelong, ever-expanding impact. He uses three scenes from nature to illustrate this: a small bit in a large horse’s mouth, a small rudder anchored beneath a huge ship, and a small spark that ultimately inflames a whole forest. “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal,” he writes. “Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. . . .

Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” (James 33-5).
t is sobering and convicting to think that the words that roll off our tongues every clay carry so much weight and influence. With words, we can encourage or destroy. We can praise or criticize. We can edify or intimidate.

Before you head off to work each day, commit your speech to God. Ask God to help you tell the truth and not to shade your speech with lies or half-truths. Ask Him to help you not to speak harshly, critically, impatiently, or unkindly; not to spread rumours and gossip; and to avoid the crude, immoral, irreverent words and jokes that might slip from your mouth. Consider carefully the power you carry around in your mouth, and ask God to strengthen your self-control.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 24th – 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

If you are too really accomplish anything of significance that is to be highly regarded and rated by the LORD, then you must fulfil His plans and purpose through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. The word given by the prophet of old to God’s people is relevant to you: “It is not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts” – Zechariah 4: 6. You are not to engage in the LORD’S kingdom and enterprise by your own wisdom, strength and abilities but learn to draw upon His infinite resources in these areas. If you would succeed and have His approbation then you must have a close, working partnership with Him. It is He that ensures the lasting and worthwhile success of mission and ministry and He waits at hand to link up with you in these things. The impossible becomes possible because of His inspiration and input.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Isn’t it to distribute your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Yahweh shall be your rear guard” – Isaiah 58: 7-8

God’s heart is always for the poor and those who are in need. It is simply a foundational part of the heart of God. He protects the widows and the orphans. He says that the poor of this world are called to inherit the riches of His everlasting kingdom.

In this promise, God says that if we look after the needs of the poor and our own family, there are many benefits that will come our way. Our light will break forth like the dawn, healing will quickly appear, righteousness will go before us, and the glory of the Lord will be our rear guard. I love how the NLT Bible says verse 8… “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. (NLT)

God’s heart is always for the underdog. He is always thinking of those who are need. When we really connect to the heart of our God and Father, we will share His concern for those around us. The stronger His heart beat becomes in us, the more we will share what we have with others and the more His glory will guard our back. May each one of us become more aware of the immediate needs of those around us today.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
MORAL SUSTENANCE

“Your words have kept men on their feet” Eliphaz said to Job (Job 4:4. Moffat’s version). What was meant as a criticism was really a compliment.

A business-man who regularly attended the ministry of Dr. Alexander Whyte once said to him: “your greatest work has been to put heart into men to face the coming week”. Thisis the test of preaching: does it inspire the hearers‘?
Doctrine has its place in preaching ministry, for it is scriptural exposition that gives it its authority; delivery is vital, for what is not heard and understood is lost; but what gives preaching a prime place in Christian worship is not only authority and acceptance, it is also, and greatly, appeal – the Holy Spirit impacting on the human spirit inspiring courage, assurance and moral animation.

In a hard, cynical and difficult world, we all need the sound of words that give us strength and hope. Remember the great speeches of Winston Churchill in the last war‘? His “bulldog growl” his indomitable faith in the cause of right, his word of defiant courage put heart into a struggling nation.

So should preaching speak to those who wait upon such ministry. We should leave ‘ a divine service with a determination to triumph over evil, inspired by the mighty concept that God is over all.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The men who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize”- Elizabeth Harrison

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – Emerson

“Envy slays itself by its own arrows” – Anonymous

“As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man” – St. Chrysostom

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
PROMOTION WITH CAUTION – Thomas Addington

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” – James 3:1

The mature believer aspires to achieve his or her leadership goals cautiously because such roles of influence carry with them increasing levels of accountability to God. If you are applying for God to use you as an instructor, guide, mentor, tutor, coach, or trainer in someone else’s spiritual life, be cautious. Don’t impulsively volunteer your hand.

Remember that leading and teaching are not just formal positions. They include casual phone calls and conversations about life’s big issues with people who trust and follow your opinion.’ They often include life-on-life mentoring of those around you. That’s why, according to James, a desire for greater influence must be tempered with the reality that there will be stricter judgment for those who find themselves in leading roles.

James is not proposing that we do away with teachers, but he is calling for mature leaders and teachers. He is not saying that no one should teach, but rather that everyone sh0uldn’t try to teach. He is not telling us not to lead at all, but rather to be careful and cautious if we desire to lead.

He offers these words of caution because he knows the human condition: “We all stumble in many ways,” he writes in James 3:2. No, leaders and teachers aren’t exempt.

James doesn’t say that a person who stumbles is disqualified to teach. Nor does he imply that we have to become perfect before we can teach. What he is saying is this: Go ahead and start, but promote with caution. Take the lead with prudence. Be circumspect and attentive. Keep both eyes wide open.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 23rd – 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

Your Heavenly Father always has in His mind and heart the desire to see each one of sons upgraded in every way and to see them making headway and making a mark for Him of note. Promotion to a quality posting and ministry is ever in His being. It is by the process of tests and trials that much of this takes place. They are not to be regarded as stumbling blocks but stepping stones that develop your character and make your more effective and able to serve and succeed in higher programmes. So regard today as a further opportunity of pleasing him and falling in with His eternal design for your life and calling. He is alongside to encourage you to achieve that which is good and edifying.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength. He e makes my feet like deer’s feet,
and enables me to go in high place” – Habakkuk 3:14.

Have you ever watched a deer or a mountain goat walk on the side of a mountain? It is really quite an amazing sight to see. They are so sure-footed that they can walk on ledges so thin that it would seem impossible in the natural.

In this promise, Habakkuk says that since the Lord is his strength, God will make his feet as steady as those of a deer so he can walk in high places. I believe that God wants to take us all to greater heights and walk in the sure-footedness that only comes from walking not in our own power or self-effort, but from the strength from Almighty God.

In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul says that eye has not seen, nor has ear heard what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. There is a great adventure calling each and every one of us to come up higher in the Spirit.

May we not allow our fear of heights to prevent us to go today where He is calling. He will equip us with the strength we need to go where He is calling us to go. All we have to be is willing vessels.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE LOVE OF CHRIST

In Ephesians 3:18 Paul speaks of “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of the love of Christ. Then he poses a paradox – “‘to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge”. What a contradiction? yet true! No human thought or language can grasp or explain Christ’s love – it
is, as far as human knowledge is concerned, ultra dimensional.

But what we cannot explain we can experience; what the mind cannot grasp, the heart can know. The love of Christ is as spacious as the universe, it extends in all directions. It is more lasting than time, it is redolent of eternity, it is the very nature of God Himself.

It is broader than liberalism and embraces all mankind: it is longer than traditionalism, and extends beyond all man’s conceptions, for it is truth: it is deeper than fundamentalism, for it is the basis of all bases, no emotion can plumb deeper depths, here is the mystery of God: it is higher than mysticism, for man’s quest for “the beatific vision” is more than fulfilled in Jesus, the Son of God, the glorified Christ.

The love of Christ is a spiritual reservoir we can never exhaust, a potent passion we can never fully absorb, an ideal we can never completely grasp. But we can accept it, we can enjoy it, and by His help, reflect it in our daily living.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“One whose only good feature is that he seldom gossips about other people”- Anonymous

“One who’s always me-deep in conversation” – Bertolotti

“ A self-made man who worships his creator” – Bright

“Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself” – Pascal

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
FAITH THAT WORKS – Thomas Addington

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead. James 2:26 .
Faith and works actually are two sides of the same coin. To best understand their synergistic connection, we must remember Paul’s teachings connected to faith, as well as the truth that James outlines. For example, in Galatians 2:16, Paul writes, “Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in
Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

To best understand faith and works, they must be tied together, back to back. Paul calls attention to faith as the root; James looks at faith as the fruit. Paul looks at what happens at the moment of salvation, while James looks at what happens after salvation. Paul focuses on God’s part, and James focuses on man’s part. Paul deals with justification, and James deals with validation. Paul is against legalism, and James is against a lazy, presumptive lifestyle.

Following their collective example, we shouldn’t try to cut faith and works
apart. Instead, we should wrap them together.

The great theologian John Calvin once wrote, “It is faith alone that justifies, but faith that justifies can never be alone.” James doesn’t match faith against works. Rather, he states with confidence that biblical faith works. Together, faith and works comprise a harmonious blend of sound theology, and they should be a compatible combination in the life of every follower of Jesus.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson
July 22nd – 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

Not only must you be always at your best in character with the qualities of Christ being daily manifest in you, but there must also be the devotion to doing your best every day so that you contribute greatly to the well-being of the world in which you reside. Your life is to be well blessed and well spent so that it yields the maximum for the glory of God, the good of the people and the ultimate accreditation of the LORD upon both your life and labours. Every detail for good is noted and recorded by Him who has such a personal and vital interest in you and all that you do. So buy up the opportunities presented in the next hours of serving in a gracious and glorious manner so that many are impacted by the best from one who is at their best in and through Christ.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, says Yahweh; because they have called you an outcast, saying, It is Zion, whom no man seeks after” – Jer 30:17

In this fallen orphan world that we live in, sickness is part of every day life. We all know someone who is struggling with some form of infirmity, or we ourselves may be struggling. When Jesus taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, He said for us to ask our Father to bring His kingdom to this world. Since there is no sickness in heaven, we can receive comfort in knowing that healing is part of the good news of the gospel.

In today’s promise, God promises to restore health to our bodies and to bring healing to all our wounds. How the fulfillment of that promise applies to us personally is as unique as each one of us is different. God’s ways are not our ways and the fulfillment of this promise is tailored uniquely to our own circumstance.

Personally, I have suffered partial deafness as a result of a childhood ear infection. I can’t count the number of times that I have received prayer for healing. While the healing has not yet manifested itself, I still hold on to the promise that God is faithful and healing is part of the New Covenant, bought and paid for by Jesus Christ.

Though there are times when I feel disappointment for not yet receiving my healing, I continue to open up my heart for more prayer. Sometimes that feeling of disappointment can open the door to disillusionment about healing. It is times like this that I need healing for the wounds of my soul.

In Jeremiah 30:17, God promises to bring health to our bodies and healing to all the wounds we suffer in our heart. I pray that whatever your circumstance is today, that faith would rise up in your heart and you would believe God for the healing you need for both your body and your soul.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“MY CUP RUNNETH OVER”

Ps 23:5

So wrote David in his best-known of all psalms. And what a statement it is! From this brief text I draw three thoughts.

First; the privilege of knowing God, thus emphasising what pervades the whole of Scripture – the personalism of God’s salvation. He loves me as an individual – it is “my cup”. I am not just a number, I am a name, an intimate of God, not just a digit in a census, but a distinct personality.

Secondly, they pleasure of enjoying God. “My cup runneth over”. The bountiful munificence of God not only fills me with His love, He overflows my heart with benefits. And all God’s people can say the same. The Lord is not exhausted by His abundant giving, He overflows to each trusting saint. When the Lord is our Shepherd, “I shall not want”.

Thirdly, the possibility of containing God – “My God made man with a capacity for Himself, an innate ability to absorb spiritual things. We do not just have a body, we are also “spirit and soul” – a pneumatico-psycho-somatic entity. More simply, we have a physical life – “body”, a mental life, – “soul”, and a spiritual life – “spirit”. It is only when each part is active that we really live. It is then that “my cup runneth over”.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous” – Confucius

“Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of the educated man” – Norman Cousins

“Education is nothing if it is not the methodical creation of the habit of thinking” – Dimnet

“Education is being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. It’s knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it’s knowing how to use the information once you get it” -William Feather

“The best and most important part of every man’s education is that which he gives himself” – Gibbon

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
FAITH VERSUS WORKS – Thomas Addington

“But someone will say “You have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without your deeds and I will show you m faith by what I do” – James 2:18

So what role do works play in the life of a follower of Jesus? If they cannot save us, are they of any value at all? Jesus talked about good deeds when He was leading His first coaching session with his twelve disciples.

“You are the salt of the earth,” He said in Matthew 5:13-16. “But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (emphasis added).

One of the primary roles of good deeds is to positively and effectively convince a disbelieving world that a God exists Who can make a distinctive difference in someone’s life. Many people will never go to church, open a Bible, or say a prayer. But all of humanity is in search for meaning and purpose. Most people don’t doubt the existence of God; they simply are not certain of the relevance of God.

When other people see our good deeds—_—when they observe a pattern of ethical behaviour and philanthropy in our lives—they question our motivation. What could possibly motivate such action? The answer, of course, is our faith—our warm personal trust in Jesus Christ. That is the reason for our good deeds—not to gain God’s favor but to show that we already know Him.

What’s the motivation behind your good deeds?

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 21st – 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 secrets and joys in life is create and cultivate healthy, spiritual relationships with others in the LORD. Not only will you be an enormous blessing and gift to others, they in turn will become great friends and confidants that will build your life more effective in and for the LORD. As you pursue this goal .the LORD will aid by causing the right folks to come across your path and you must sense and know that He desires the forming of a quality friendship in Him that will bear much fruit amongst other good saints. Do not miss out on this vital factor because it is by this means that Christ’s Church is advanced and blessed .

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devi” – Ephesians 6:11

In Ephesians 6, Paul the Apostle exhorts the church at Ephesus to put on the full armour of God in order to be able to stand against the tricks of the enemy. It is interesting to note that the armor does not belong to us, but it belongs to God. It is His armor.

He has given us His helmut of salvation to guard our mind and give us peace. He has given us His breastplate of righteousness to protect our heart. He has given us His belt of truth so that we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. He has prepared our feet with shoes of peace so we can proclaim the good news wherever we go. He has given us His shield of faith so that when we lift it up, we quench all of the firey arrows from the enemy.

And last but not least, He has given us an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God so we can advance the kingdom. Our God and Father has given us everything we need to live a godly life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We stand in His armor, His power, His protection… not our own. So having done all to stand in the power of God’s might, continue to stand today.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“WE SEE JESUS…..”

Heb 2:9

But it is how we see Him that matters.

Some see Him as just a MYTH, a product of someone’s imagination, a “cunningly devised fable”. But what genius could conceive such a character’?

Others say He was a mere MAN, a product of evolution, perfect but human. But those that knew Him best know Him as the unique Son of God.

Others concede Him to be a great MORALIST, but come short of regarding Him as divine.

Then there are those who describe Him as a MARTYR, a witness unto death of the principles He stood for: a saintly man in a sinful world.

But the Bible declares Him to be a MEDIATOR (1 Tim 2:5) who was at the same time God and man. His incarnation enabled Him to be what Job called for, “a daysman” who, because He was both human and divine could “lay his hand upon both” (Job 9:33).
Because Jesus Christ is God He can represent both sides of the human/divine dilemma. By the sacrifice of Himself He satisfied God’s justice and purchased mercy and forgiveness for all who trust Him. So to see Jesus is salvation.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Teaching a child how to talk-and then how to keep quiet.” -Anonymous

“here are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live” – James Adams

“The whole object of education is to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works” – Anderson

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not”.

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
FAITH WITHOUT WORKS – Thomas Addington

“What good is it, my brothers, a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? – James 2:14

When the Bible speaks of faith, what exactly does it mean? The word faith ould mean a body of belief or an adherence to a creed, or it could mean a warm personal trust toward God.

In James, the latter definition applies. That said, there’s no doubt that figuring out the connection between belief and behaviour has been a long and spirited debate. Sincere believers have been talking about this issue for thousands of years. Entire denominations have been formed and split as a result of these discussions.

James asks two questions as he introduces his opinion on this issue. First, he asks, What profit is there for someone who says he has faith but no good deeds to back up his plan to know God? Or, put another way, W/rat good are good works? To drive home his point, James provides a compelling example: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16).

But James also wants to know something else: Can good works save me? Can a person present a long list of good deeds to God as the basis for an eternal relationship with Him? Will good conduct, benevolence, and philanthropy be enough to satisfy the demands of God and define a person’s relationship to Him?

The apostle Paul steps in with the answer to that question—a hearty no. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-—-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8—9).

Have you been relying on your “good works” as a basis for your eternal relationship with God? If so, confess to Him right now that you would like to receive His gift of salvation, based not on your Works, but on Jesus’ once-for-all, completed sacrifice (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 10:10).

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 20th – 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 are occasions in your spiritual life when the ashes need to be removed from your altar so that the divine fire may burn better and greater, and even at times a fresh kindling is required so that there is full evidence of holy passion and fervour in the right things. Deterioration can set in without hardly recognising that you are not as hot or keen as you were for God and His plans for you life. Such must be known, arrested and attended to with help from above. Even the Wesley brothers recognised this factor and so many of their hymns focus on the need to be and keep on fire by and for God. This great hymn needs to be in stalled and activated in you “O Thou who camest from above; the pure celestial fire to impart. Kindle a flame of sacred love, on the mean altar of my heart”. As the LORD sets you afire others will see you burn and blaze!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Psalm 30:11 (WEB) “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness, – Psalm 30:11

We all struggle with grief at one time or another in life. We lose those we love. We suffer the loss of many things. In a life that ebbs and flows, there are seasons of mourning and seasons of dancing. In Ecclesiastes we read that there is a season for all things.

The promise for today acknowledges there is a season for grieving in our lives but it also points to the time when our God and Father will turn that season of mourning into a season of dancing. It is God Himself who will throw off our clothes of sadness and clothes us with joy!

In times of grief and heartbreak, God promises to be close to us. So if you are in that season, allow the love of God to fill your soul and carry you in your weakest moment. But be encouraged, that there is a time coming when God Himself will turn your mourning into dancing and will surround you with His own joy.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“WHEN I BECAME A MAN…..”

1 Cor 13:11

Some people never grow up. At 50 they are as self-centred as a child of five. The Corinthian church had many “babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1). Again and again Paul urges them to be men, “perfect”, mature, fully grown (cf 2:6). “ln understanding be men” he says (1 Cor 14:20), “Quit you like men”, he urges (1 Cor 16:13). ln other words, “Expand your spiritual minds”, “Exercise your spiritual muscles” – use your brains, use your brawn, be thoughtful and active.

Childhood has its weaknesses. First, children (even babies) are supremely self-interested. They have to be to survive. But adulthood expands that interest to others – “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’. In fact, the whole purpose of Christian ethics is to change from being egocentric to becoming Christocentric – a gradual, but necessary process.

Again, childhood has a limited conception of values or of occasions. A girl will break her heart over a battered doll. “Save your tears for greater sorrows”, chided a father l know; but it is all so real and hurtful at the time. Contrariwise, a little gaudy gift often seems to a child like a wealthy bounty. Adults usually have wider interests and truer valuation.

Also, a child finds it difficult to wait, they have “give-it-me now” minds. But a grown-up has learned that there are some things we must work and wait for. It is by “faith and patience that we inherit the promises” (Heb 6:12). But good things are worth waiting for.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in thy peace and wake in thy glory.”- Donne

“The reward of one duty is the power to fulfil another” – Eliot

“Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it” – Lincoln

“Let men laugh, if they will when you sacrifice desire to duty. You have time and eternity to rejoice in” – Parker

“Every duty, which we omit, obscures some truth, which we should have known. – Ruskin

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT THE DANGERS OF FAVOURITISM – Thomas Addiungton

“As believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favouritism” –James 2:1
As James continues his argument for real religion, he moves to another pillar of his discussion: favouritism. Real religion, he asserts, includes no trace of favouritism.
“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in,” he writes. “If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” flames 2:2—4).

This occasion for showing favouritism was a church service, a meeting of a group of believers. How could such an attitude ever manifest itself in the church? you might wonder. The church should he the one place where no distinction ever exists. That’s exactly right! There should not be a rich-over-here/poor-over-there mentality in the church. There should not be a famous-and-powerful section on one side and an average-and-unimportant section on the other side.

Unfortunately, however, that’s exactly how it is sometimes, even at church.
Don’t be hypnotized by the beautiful people and their nice clothes, expensive jewellery, and luxury cars. Look past their shine to their behaviour, their lives, and their characters. After all, we all have feet of clay.

What about at work? Do we practice favouritism there? Sadly, the answer is yes. The same kind of preferential positioning and treatment that often goes on at church also happens in the workplace. Some people might call it politics, but most of the time it’s just plain old favouritism.

So what is wrong with favouritism? At its core, it constitutes a breach of the law of love. God loves everyone unconditionally—-no matter what a person’s size, colour, shape, income level, or social status. He loves all of us. He is not impressed with-—or turned off by—0ur external packaging. He is focused on our hearts.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 19th – 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 nature of your LORD is to freely and fully give and He will not withhold anything that will mean your greatest good and enable you to make a wholesome and healthy accord with Himself. You must ever learn to trust Him and also, that you will become a choice and able person in this present life as well as prepare you for the eternal regions of blessedness and usefulness. You are here and within His kingdom so that you may be wholly exploited for the greatest do not be better planned or in greater and more loving hands. You can confidently expect Him to play His part,and as you respond, all will work to the greatest good.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice, Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them. Let them also who love your name be joyful in you” – Psalm 5: 11

In the NLT & NIV Bible versions of this verse, the psalmist asks God to ‘spread His protection over them’. The Amplified Bible says ‘make a covering over them’. When I think of this promise, I imagine that Papa God spreads a huge canopy, a nice warm comforting blanket over us that provides warmth, protection and shelter all the days of our life.

The knowledge of a loving God that is brooding over us and protecting us will cause us to trust Him even more and fill us to overflowing with unspeakable joy. I chose this particular photo of cloud cover to remind me that just as the clouds can shield us from the heat of the sun’s rays, so God’s love covers us and shields us from the harshness that life can bring our way.

May each one of us snuggle under the blanket of God’s protecting love today and may our hearts be filled with joy knowing that we are safe and secure today and for the rest of our lives.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
WHEN I WAS A CHILD

1 Cor 13.-11

The full force of these words is often over-looked. Some adults forget that they were ever children. They judge the actions and words of young folk by their own grown-up (and sometimes cynical) standards.
Paul was more realistic. “l talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child” (NIV). The Greek word for child here is népios, like our term “nipper”.

A child is not a miniature adult. Louise M. Alcott’s classic, Little Women”, is a misnomer. Girls are girls and boys, boys. They live in their own world, have their own wants, and need to be understood. Potential is there: but childhood has limitations as well as possibilities.

Peter Parson tells the story of a boy who was asked, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?” He answered, “I’m going to be possible”. The perplexed question, “Possible? What do you mean?” ‘Well, every day my mother tells me I am impossible”.

And every child needs to have extended to that patience, understanding and encouragement that makes the “impossible” become “possible”. Imagination, so rich in early childhood, can closer approach reality if we older ones remember what it was like to be young, and give guidance and scope (with directive and controlled discipline) to those younger ones who, though they may not always realise it, need us as much as we need them.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Happy is the man who has learned to do this one thing: To do the plain duty of the moment quickly and cheerfully, whatever it may be” -Anonymous

“It is the duty of men to love even those who injure them” — Marcus Antoninus

“In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty” – St. Augustine

“Our grand business is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies closely at hand” – Carlyle

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
SPREADING THE BOUNTY – Thomas Addington

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure an d faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” – James 1:27

We live in a wealthy society. The rate and volume of wealth being produced in the modern world is staggering. The blessing and bounty trickles down to almost all of us, with a few notable exceptions. Two slices of our society continually struggle to make it day to day—widows and orphans. It was true two thousand years ago, and it is still true today.

The twenty-first-century business community is extremely wealthy; therefore, it has myriad opportunities to assist the less fortunate. The very soul of a business enterprise ought to include a desire to help, to reach outside itself and give back to those in need.

So how can a business give back? It can make quarterly disbursements to any community cause that focuses on orphans and widows. It can identify single parents and provide scholarships to send their children to schools, camps, and events. It can team up with a local church and provide assistance to the widows and orphans in the congregation. It can provide its products or services to widows and orphans at no charge.

However it’s done, the business community has a responsibility to turn some of its profits back into these environments of need. It is payback time.
Perhaps a whole new benchmark for return could develop if businesses began this approach. Along with ROI (return on investment), ROA (return on assets), and ROE (return on employees), we could add KROI, or Kingdom Return on Investment. In other words, based on a company’s investment, what kind of return is it getting in terms of shaping and delivering kingdom influence?

Taking care of the widows and orphans is not solely the church’s responsibility. It is not just the responsibility of a few rich, elderly men or women. The business community must get into the game. Are you willing to get involved?

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