Christian Prime Timers supplied by Rev. E. Anderson

                                     

                                Rev. & Mrs. E. Anderson

A PRIME TIMER WITH GOOD VIRTUES

 

Philippians 2: 25 -30

 

Paul had some invaluable friends and workers who ably assisted him in fulfilling his call and ministry. Each one seems to have been primed and timed by God to draw alongside  him and to aid him in his immense task for Christ and the Christian Church. Amongst them is a man by the name of Epaphroditus and he is mentioned briefly in his letter to the Philippians.

 

John Maxwell writes: “Several leaders in the Bible qualify as ‘nobodies.’ They never became famous, like Moses or David or Paul, but remained obscure, even though they played a vital role in the kingdom. Epaphroditus was such a man. No books were ever written about him, to him, or by him. We know no statues or memorials erected to him. He was a ‘nobody’ who became a ‘somebody’ to Paul. He ran all the way from Philippi to join Paul in prison and minister to him.”

 

He is described in glowing terms and Paul reveals that he was a person who was primed and timed in a number of ways.

 

1/. HE WAS AN AFFECTIONATE BROTHER

 

      The initial description is that of being a ‘brother’ – 2 25. The most fundamental and precious thing above everything else was that he was a true member of the household of God. There may be other things of note to be recorded but this was primary and considered first. Paul felt bonded to him with the warm ties of Christian brotherhood. There was a real feeling of oneness with him, a mutual love and high relationship and respect. This excelled all official or ministerial status and all that he did came from this position. It is noteworthy that it is a genuine factor with Christ and us – ‘He is not ashamed to call us brethren’ – Hebrews 2: 11. He had been duly primed and timed to act in the role of a loving brother.

 

“I sought my soul-but my soul I could not see; I sought my God-but my God eluded me; I sought my brother-and found all three” Anonymous

 

The opportunity to practice brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being. -Wyman

 

2/.  HE WAS A RELENTLESS WORKER

 

      He is said to be ‘a companion in labour’ – 2: 25. There was a readiness to be in the team and to put his share into the work that was required. Not a shirker but a worker and a tireless one at that. Epaphroditus was always on the scene where there was a job to be done or a task to be performed. From what is mentioned it is evident that he regarded it as a privilege to be industrious for the Lord and others and was primed and timed by the Lord and the Christian fellowship in his diaconate calling.

 

“It is not impossible that he may have laboured with Paul in the gospel at Philippi; but more probably the sense is, that he regarded him as engaged in the same great work that he was” – Matthew Henry

 

There are two changeless sources of solid happiness: first, the belief in God, and second, the habit of hard work toward useful ends. -Willard

 

3/. HE WAS A SPIRITUAL SOLDIER

 

For Paul, being a Christian and especially a leader within the Church meant being and living like a soldier. There was someone and something to fight for in the establishing of the Christian testimony. There were wicked forces to confront and overcome, there were hard and difficult situations to be faced and rightly answered which required not only grace but courage etc. Paul encouraged Timothy to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” – 2 Timothy 2: It is a major factor with the apostle Paul that the Christian is involved with major warfare. This man was not lacking in courage and commitment and could be relied upon to take risks within his calling and must have sensed he was primed and timed for this spiritual vocation.

 

A faithful and a constant associate with him in the Christian warfare, 2Corinthians 10:4; 1Timothy 1:18; Philemon 1:2, under Christ their Captain, against all the assaults of the devil, and the carnal world, which are continually warring to destroy real Christianity – Matthew Poole

 

4/. HE WAS A COMMITTED SERVANT

 

He was utterly geared up to service and regarded being a servant of the Lord as a sacred vocation and of the Christian community, too. There is personal witness to the ones he served and how he did it in an indefatigable manner. There was the serving of the Philippian fellowship and the apostle in a beautiful and bountiful manner.  Of him, it is stated: “he that ministered unto my wants” and “not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me” – vv25, 26. He did more than what was required to make sure this choice servant of God was catered for. He had been saved to serve and prepared for every good service.

 

He did not only deliver the present for his support according to his trust and commission, wherein he faithfully served the church, but also, as their public minister, greatly help Paul the prisoner in what he stood most in need of – Matthew Poole

 

It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service. -Einstein

 

The highest of distinctions is the service of others. –King George VI

 

If you want to be not only successful, but personally, happily and permanently successful, then do your job in a way that puts lights in people’s faces.  Do that job in such a way that, even when you are out of sight, folks will always know which way you went by the lamps left behind.

-Mc Farland

 

CONCLUSION

 

This man’s life and ministry was a great inspiration and example to Paul and the local fellowship at Philippi. He is found in the great, historical record book, the Bible, and constantly serves as a pattern for all who would engage in true relationship and service for the Lord.

 

The apostle commended him to the church fellowship of that day and his example is till to be commended and copied.

                                          

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MARRIAGE HUMOUR

 

Definition of a wife:  The person who is first to put their foot down after crossing the threshold; a female who would rather mend your ways than your socks; the one person who in an argument, if you win- you lose; she says that she has nothing to wear yet she also moans that she needs more wardrobe space.

 

Definition of a husband:  A man who always consults his better half before his better judgment; A man who thinks twice before saying nothing; a man who buys his wife such fine china that she will never trust him to do the dishes; a person who has learned to turn off the car motor when his wife calls `I’ll be right out’. 

 

“How do most men define marriage? A very expensive way to get your laundry done free.”

 

“The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.”

 

“A man was speaking to God. `God why did you make women so beautiful?’ he asked. God said `I did that to make you love them.’

Then the man asked: `Well, God; why did you make them such good cooks.’

God said: `I did that to make you love them.’

The man then asked: `But God why did you make women so stupid?’

God said: `I did that to make them love you!’”

 

Wedding Dress

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?”

“Because white is the colour of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life,” her mother tried to explain, keeping it simple.

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”

 

Why Are Wedding Dresses White?

A fresh-faced lad on the eve of his wedding night goes to his mother with the following question. “Mom, why are wedding dresses white?”

The mother looks at her son and replies, “Son, this shows the town that your bride is pure.”

The son thanks his mom and goes off to double-check this with his father. “Dad why are wedding dresses white?”

The father looks at his son in surprise and says, “Son, all household appliances come in white.”

 

                                            

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                                 Rev. E. Anderson

“IT’S TOO LATE”

Ivor Powell

 

 

The Lake District is one of the most wonderful parts of England, and during convention time, also one of the most hallowed. To see a glorious sunset reflected in the placid waters of Derwentwater; to see the massive hills lifting their majestic peaks to the sky; and to mingle there with thousands of other Christians, is a foretaste of heaven’s joy. My first visit to Keswick took place in the early nineteen-thirties, and I have always remembered the soul-stirring Bible Readings given by the Rev. W. W. Martin. The Pilgrim Preachers, whom I had recently joined, were working in Kendal, and the leader had decided that one half of the company should enjoy the first part of the convention while the other boys worked; then the other workers could attend the meetings while the returning brethren continued the open-air campaign. I was only a young preacher, and the great crowds, the overwhelming enthusiasm, and above all, the sense of God’s presence in the huge tent, made a deep impression upon my soul. I attended every meeting, and have often repeated the story with which Mr. Martin closed one of his addresses.

 

He described how he was asked to visit a sick woman. The informant declared the need to be urgent; and when Mr. Martin arrived, he knew the information had been correct. The woman was very sick, and had not long to live.  When he tried to speak about the Gospel, the sufferer interrupted to say, “It’s no use. It’s too late.” He reassured her that if the Lord could pardon the dying thief, He could do likewise for her. She persisted in her earlier statement, “It’s too late.” She was very stubborn, and seemed determined to die as she had lived-without Christ. She volunteered the information that when she was a young woman in her teens, the Lord Jesus had asked for her life.  She had heard His call, and had deliberately rejected His claims. She did not wish Christ or any other to interfere in her plans. She intended to have a good time, and that was that. She repeated, “It’s too late now.” In spite of the earnest endeavours of the preacher, she refused to change her opinion.

 

Mr. Martin explained to the huge audience that thoughts of this woman haunted him by day and night. Constantly he remembered her plight; but although he returned on several occasions, each interview ended in disappointment. Finally, he was met at the door by a housekeeper or neigh­bour, who said, “It’s no use coming now, sir; she died yesterday.” Hoping there had been a last-minute change in the attitude of the sick woman, he asked if she had left any message. The lady shook her head and answered, “No, sir; her last words were, ‘ It’s too late. It’s too late.'” At the conclusion of that memorable meeting, thousands of people went silently from the tent. They knew that once again God had used His honoured servant. They were destined to remember the message for a long time to come.

 

At the end of my book We Saw it Happen, I have described a similar event which occurred on Mount Snowdon in North Wales. The length of one’s stay on earth is perhaps the most uncertain element in life. Because the span of man’s life was said to be threescore years and ten, it does not always follow that people live to reach that age. The Word of God insists that “Now is the day of salvation.” Isaiah wrote, “Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” – Isaiah 1:18. Yet there is a graver note in the Bible. God declares that His Spirit will not always strive with man; and who can tell when the Almighty may decide to cease calling the excessively arrogant and unrepentant sinner?  Every minister should preach his sermon as if it were the last he would ever deliver. If our lack of passionate interest; if our formal half-heartedness lulls people into a sense of false security; and if such people are found wanting in the Day of Judgment, we may have cause for everlasting remorse.